Stripes and Floral: Mixing Patterns in Venice

Friday, November 1, 2013

When it comes to mixing patterns, it either works or it doesn't.
If it doesn't work it can look quite horrendous. 
If it does work, it can be super cute and fun.

My first attempt at mixing patterns just kind of happened.

Here's how I made the look work for me:

Use the same colors.
You need to have something that pulls the outfit together, otherwise you'll look like you got dressed in the dark. 
I accomplished this by sticking with the same colors.

Navy and white striped top? How about a scarf with a lot of navy as well. 
Pops of pink in the scarf? Well, how about a hot pink trench to tie it all together.
Keep the rest simple. I opted for dark skinny jeans and gold ballet flats.

Start small.
There's a reason I picked a patterned scarf instead of patterned pants.
Well, I guess the first reason would be that I don't own any patterned maternity pants.
The reason I'm getting at though is if you've never mixed patterns before, it's easier to start off small.

A beautiful backdrop never hurts either. Use your destination as outfit inspiration.
I can't think of anything that would go better with Venice than navy and white stripes. 

Life isn't boring, so your outfit shouldn't be either.

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