I remember the first time I put two patterns together that were not a mixture you would normally expect to see. They were both floral prints, a skirt with a red, green and black mixture of color and a top with different shades of green. I stood in front of the mirror for a solid 10 minutes trying to decide if I was brave enough to actually wear it. I went back and forth until my time was up and I realized I would have to wear the outfit or be late for work. Unfortunately, I don’t think “I couldn’t figure out what to wear” is an acceptable excuse for tardiness. Haha! I was a little self conscious walking into work and wondered if anyone would say anything to me about the patterns. I walked in boldly anyway and everyone expressed their love for the outfit, saying over and over again how unique the pattern combination looked together! That day must have sparked some confidence in me because I have not been able to stop mixing patterns since! Now I mix all sorts of patterns together from my jewelry down to my shoes.
Mixing prints has become sort of a challenge for me and I constantly seek out new patterns along with new ways to mix them. I think it’s safe to say that this will not be the last outfit you see on this blog involving multiple patterns! A great way to begin getting comfortable with this concept is to pair colorful patterns with black and white patterns (ie. cobalt blue and fuchsia floral top with a black and while striped skirt). Black and white together is a great pattern to start with because it is still considered a neutral and goes with such a wide variety of patterns. Another great resource are vintage pieces. This is a great area to pull from when experimenting with prints because the patterns are always so unique! Speaking of vintage, I have a little challenge for you! I want you to tell me which pieces of my outfit were thrifted and which pieces I bought new. I’ll give you a few minutes to think it over….well, what do you think? Difficult isn’t it? 😉 If you can’t tell the difference then I promise you no one else can either! So you have no excuse but to get out there and thrift! Thrift like there’s no tomorrow!
Fun collaboration coming soon with a fellow blogger and thrifter!
Affectionately, Audrey ❤
Photographs: Lauren Newman Photography
Outfit Details: You tell me! Leave a comment and tell me where you think I got my outfit!