Monday, November 10, 2014

Pattern Play

The other day I wore an outfit that was a little out of my comfort zone. I combined three of my favorite patterns, leopard, tartan and stripes. You might be thinking "What?! That sounds hideous! Like something my crazy aunt would wear." And yes, I was skeptical of it too at first but I ended up really liking this look.

Shirt: Target// Scarf: Forever21 (similar here , here , here and here)//Jeans: AE// Loafers: Target//
I recently got the leopard loafers from Target and had to take them out for a spin. I went through my entire wardrobe trying to pair them with something. Finally I ended up with this. I looked at it and liked it. I thought maybe it was too much, too busy but the more I stared at it the more I loved it.  I wore this out when I went to the J. Crew Factory store and actually got mistaken for an employee there. I was extremely flattered and inspired to do a post on mixing patterns. So here we are! I thought I'd share my tips and favorite patterns to mix with you guys! 

These are my favorite, go- to patterns that I love to mix. And as you can tell sometimes I mix more than just two. Mixing patterns is a fine line to walk. You want to be stylish without being overwhelming. Learning what works and doesn't will take some time. I first look at my favorite fashion bloggers to see what patterns they mixed. Then I'd try it for myself. I found what worked and what didn't. What looked flattering and what looked like an atrocity. Once I found it I began experimenting and styling, adding other patterns into the mix. It just all took time. And by no means am I an expert. I'm just a 20 year old who loves playing dress- up. 

A few tips if you're just starting off in the world of gingham, tartan and polka dots. 
No. 1: Don't force anything. Forcing a combination that doesn't look good is the worst thing to do. A combo that works will come naturally. 
No. 2: Don't wear a pattern if it's unflattering. Wearing something that doesn't flatter your shape and you feel uncomfortable in is never right. Even if it's in the name of fashion. 
No. 3: Mix by color. For example, my outfit the stripes were navy and there was navy in scarf. If there's a color in one pattern mix it with a pattern with the same one. 
No. 4: "As far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral."
No. 5: If you like it and it feels right then wear it. Rules were meant to be broken. 

Now if you're like "But Samantha I have no clue where to start." Here's some outfit inspo to get you started. 

all images via Pinterest

I hope this inspired you to go out and be bold, be daring and mix it up a little! If you need a little more patterned outfit inspo head over to my fashion board on Pinterest! And if you try out one of these combos tag me in the picture so I can see! @samantha_goble for Insta and Twitter! :) 

Happy mixing!

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