How I Style It link up: Pattern Mixing School and Tips

August 5, 2015

Welcome to the fourth How I Style It monthly link up party. I have the pleasure of hosting alongside several other bloggers to bring you this themed link up and as we have been advertising to you the theme this month is #patternmixingschool where you will show us how you style patterns mixed, and with school starting for most students and teachers this month we thought titling the #patternmixingschool would be appropriate as we style for you how we mix up patterns and share some tips and inspiration Today I will show you how I styled mine and then I hope you will link up any recent post containing how you styled your patterns.

I recently received these patterned pom pom shorts from eShakti and knew right away I wanted to try something bold with them like pattern mixing, hence the added black and white thin line striped tee that you see tucked into it, with a layer of chambray to balance out the look. IMG_2405

I wanted to make sure the shorts made a statement so pairing the thin striped tee added an extra oomph to the shorts while keeping the pattern mixing organized. Read below to get some tips on what to do and NOT to do when it comes to pattern mixing.
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Pattern Mixing tips:

DO: Combine small print with bigger print, so for example combine small florals with bigger florals, or large polka dots with smaller polka dots.

DO: Try leopard print or zebra print with prints such as stripes or polkadots. For example add a leopard print clutch to a floral shirt and white skirt combo.

DO: Try adding bright colors into the pattern mix, such as bright colorful jewelry with polka dot dress and floral patterned heels.

DON’T: Add small print with small print and vice versa, large print with large print as the on looker may not know what to draw their eyes too.

DON’T: Add too many leopard prints or other animal prints in one outfit, do you want to look like a leopard? For example: A leopard print scarf, sweater and flats with a belt may be a little too much, instead go with maybe two leopard print patterns but no more in your outfit.

Have you tried pattern mixing? What have you styled together as far as patterns? Link up your pattern mixings below. 

Outfit details: Floral shorts: c/o eShakti (sold out, similar pineapple print pom pom ones here)//Tee: Old Navy (old, similar here)//Chambray (via TJ Maxx, similar here)//Flats: similar here//Necklace: Pumps and Pushups shop (sold out, similar here)//Bracelet: My Arm Charms (same here, use code GARAY to get 20% off your subtotal of $15 or more).

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Now for the #patternmixingschool party! Link up a recent fashion post of yours, especially one that goes along with our theme! Please limit yourself to three links and remember to link directly to the post, not your blog. Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up and spread the love in the blog world! This link party will go live Wednesday, July 1, 2015 and be live for a week. Feel free to add our “How I Style It” button to put on your post or on the sidebar of your blog if you want to help spread the love and hashtag #patternmixingschool to your images on Instagram so we can check them out.

Linking up with: Reasons to Dress, I’m so Fancy, Fizz and Frosting, Whitney Nic James, Melissa, Lisa, Molly, Confident Twosday, Carylee, Turning Heads Tuesday, Thursday Fashion Files, Dawn, Charming Friday, Rachel the Hat, Shanna, What I Wore Wednesday, Grace, Trendy Wednesday, Pumps and Pushups, Trend Spin, Liz, Lizzie in Lace

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  • Mili August 5, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Stripes seem to work with so may prints so smart move wearing them with these shorts 😀 Thanks for sharing your dos and don’ts for print mixing!


  • Denise August 5, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Love the pattern mixing here! I think you gave some really great tips. I always love to mix patterns with leopard and plaid. I adore those shorts you are wearing and the color of those flats!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Susan August 5, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Great look Rachel! I love the idea of animal prints with polka dots!! Susan

  • Shannon August 5, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Love this look! The pattern mixing is perfect and I love how you kept it with the shades of blue! So pretty!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Megan August 5, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I love the fun pattern mixing! The pom poms are so cool!

  • Kathleen August 5, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Love the pattern mixing you’ve got going on! Great tips on how to master the look!

  • Shaunacey August 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    love the tip about not having too much animal print, so so true!

  • Becky @ bybmg August 5, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Cute combo! Those shorts are so fun!

  • Sarah @ Bows and Clothes August 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I love these shorts! So trendy! Pattern mixing is one of my favorite ways to style my patterned pieces. The chambray really does balance out the look. Great tips!


  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom August 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Cute shorts, I have been wanting a pair like that! I also really like them paired with the striped shirt. Hope you are enjoying your vacation!


  • Shauna August 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I’m so bad at pattern mixing. Like, the worst 🙂 But you are a pro! Love this look -xx


  • Jill August 7, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Those pom pom shorts are darling! This is such a cute mix!

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  • Amy Ann August 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Great pattern mixing! I like those shorts on you.

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