1. Mix patterns from the same color family
Stick to a basic color palette when mixing patterns. This will create a subtle look, while still showing your fun creative side. For example, if you have a patterned shirt with dark berry colors and taupes than try to pair it with a bottom piece that has similar shades of the top color.
2. Think of some patterns/textures as solidS
If you have a polka dot skirt, think of that as a solid. Same can go for thin stripes or checks. If the prints are small enough and understated, the eye can view them as a solid, even though they are not.
3. Look for patterns that complement each other
Complementing patterns like stripes and floral always mesh well, as do leopard and stripes or polka dots. If you're new to patterning pieces than start with a basic striped t-shirt and pair it with a structured floral pencil skirt, similar to the picture above!
4. Don't go too matchy-matchy
Mixing patterns is really fun, if you have the right pieces. One rule of thumb, do not go out head-to-toe in one pattern. Instead, switch up the colors of the matching patterns. This will keep your look fresh and sophisticated.
5. Space the patterns out
There is no need to wear a patterned skirt with a patterned jacket, or top. Sometimes mixing a top or skirt with patterned shoes can give your outfit a boost of edge while still appearing elegant.
6. Include neutral pieces
When you add a solid with two or more patterns, you allow the visual space of the outfit to be segmented. You do this with stockings, shoes or accessories. Whatever you chose to add make sure it's a neutral color, it'll help your outfit look even better.