It's officially the time of year when I start to hate my cold weather clothes and the sweater + jeans + boots outfit formula starts feeling stale. However, rather than running out to buy a bunch of clothes that I’ll only wear for a few more weeks, I’m learning to experiment with the things I already have.
One way to do that is through pattern mixing. Mixed prints can give your wardrobe new life, and they look super trendy as well. Below, I'll share a few tips for mixing prints like a pro (see this article for more), and three mixed print winter outfit ideas.
Tips for Pattern Mixing with Style:
- Staying in one color family can keep your look more cohesive: As we've mentioned before, this creates a common thread in your outfit.
- If you have one bold pattern, try mixing it with a more subtle pattern: Typically, smaller patterns like thin stripes and polka dots work great for pattern mixing because they demand less attention and can almost work as neutrals.
- If you are wary of mixed prints, start with accessories, like shoes or scarves: Accessories are a great way to ease into the look if you still aren't sure because it's the same idea but on a smaller scale.
Now that we've discussed some ways to mix patterns, here are three cute winter outfits incorporating these principles:
In this first outfit, I mixed prints with accessories to start you off small. This street style-inspired look features leopard print slip-on sneakers and a printed headband. I also incorporated a bomber jacket, which is a popular trend right now. The athleisure theme continues with a cropped hoodie and high-waisted jeans.
In this outfit, the blue plaid shirt brings out the blue in this fair isle sweater. It also has the added incentive of adding warmth to the outfit. I kept the bottom half of the outfit simple with jeans and booties. Finally, a sleek faux leather backpack finishes the look.
In this fancier look, subtle stripes are one of the patterns and they look great paired with a bold abstract print skirt. The smaller stripes allow the skirt to shine without competing for attention: They complement the skirt but they don't overshadow it. Also, the cardigan breaks up the two prints and makes the look cohesive. The booties are a simple accent and the rings add some sparkle.
What do you think?
Are you a fan of pattern mixing? Have you incorporated it into your style? Do you have any tips for mixing prints in the winter? Let me know below!