Blue Stripes

Blue 2

You would be surprised at how often I get asked the question, “What is the rule for mixing patterns?”. My answer is that I have no effing clue. I just mix and then if it looks good I keep it on and if it doesn’t then I change it up. I realize this is not a scientific or very satisfying answer but that’s the truth.

Lately I’ve been drawn to mixing patterns in one color palette for whatever reason and here I go again, looking half like a crazy person and half stylish. That juxtaposition seems to be quite a theme for me lately. This silk striped shirt has been on repeat over the last month or two (also worn here) and for some reason I always want to pair it with another pattern.

Does anyone else out there have a good rule for pattern-mixing?

Blue 3

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Blue 4

Photos by Rebecca Dale Photography.

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  1. Anja Skrba said:

    That’s very bold, to mix up 3 completely different patterns! And it looks amazing! Love it!



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  2. Leslie said:

    Love the match up of the blue tones.

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  3. Mackenzie said:

    I usually only pair two different patterns together, but I actually really love how this outfit of three looks on you! May have to try upping my number of patterns and see what it looks like on me!

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  4. Shira said:

    This is SO fun! It looks so cute together!

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  5. Jourdin said:

    I love how you mixed three patterns…I’m always weary to try even two!

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  6. Kate said:

    Love all the shades of blue (my favorite color)! I recently just stepped out of my comfort zone and mixed up the patterns. I admit, I felt a little funny at first but now I don’t feel so awkward. I’m a fan of mixing print on print…I love stripes on stripes these days.

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  7. Alyssa said:

    What a fun combo-I don’t know if I’d be gutsy enough to combine all of these, but it totally works!

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  8. So many hues of blue! Love the look, lady.

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  9. Hannah said:

    Love this look! My rule of thumb when mixing patterns is generally pair a big pattern with a small one (i.e. bold stripes with a floral) and when in doubt, keep it in the same color palette.

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    • That’s a good rule. I’m going to use that when people ask now 🙂 Thank you!

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