Blouse: Asos (loving this); Skirt: Asos (similar, similar); Earrings: Gift; Necklace: Mimco; Shoes: Madden Girl
Dots (polka dots or not) and stripes are a few of my favourite classic patterns of all time. Despite the fact that both have long histories, I like them because they are clean, crisp and timeless. So, can we mix the two patterns? The thought of doing this may raise some eye brows as they are contrasting patterns. However, just like mixing contrasting colours, patterns of this sort can also be successfully mixed. In fact, I have seen this winning combination both on the catwalks and on the streets. So, what is the trick to achieving a successful juxtaposition of prints? Make sure you take care in your colour selection of the two patterns and also ensure one print is of smaller scale than the other.Here are some additional tips in mixing patterns:
- Start with 2 patterns
- Don't be too ambitious and over-mix (I probably wouldn't go beyond 3 different patterned pieces)
- Try not to bring in too many colours and patterns all at the same time
- Make sure the colour of each pattern piece will work well together
- Try and introduce some neutral pieces into the mix (you will find that this usually provides more grounding to the unusual combination and keeps it from being too overwhelming)
- If you are a "mixer starter", I would avoid dizzy patterns such as swirls and zigzags
- Try the hard/soft rule: pairing a hard pattern (e.g., something graphic with sharp edges, like a stripe or check) with something more soft (e.g., organic shapes like circles and floral).
Blouse: Asos (loving this);
Shoes: Madden Girl
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