Pattern Mixing

30 November 2016

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Have you ever wondered about how to mix patterns effectively? We know it's a style conundrum many women deal with. Well, we've brought in an expert of sorts to walk us through it. Ashleigh from 21st & Main is here to show you just how to get that effortless pattern mixed look.

Hello, Lovelies!
 Ever wondered how people pull off the whole pattern mixing thing?
Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Lean in very closely. *whispering* It only involves two rules.
*resumes normal speaking voice* Surprised you didn’t I? Yep, pattern mixing only involves two very basic principles and if you follow these you’ll never go wrong.
So what are these magical rules, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.

1 | Size is everything.

When mixing patterns, you have to remember that you are taking two different looking bunch of shapes and putting them side by side. If these shapes are the same size, you could end up with an eye test or a brain explosion. Let me explain. If you’re putting together a bouquet of flowers, do you use all the same type flower, size, shape, color? Well, only if you’re going for a very monochromatic look. No, you want a very diverse bouquet. Same with patterns. When pairing them, think of how you want the eye to flow.
Always pair a small print with a larger one. It’s really just that simple. If you’ve got a large pattern on bottom, put a small print on top. And visa versa. This way the eye isn’t being over stimulated or taxed.

Interested in rule 2? Hop on over to Ashleigh's post for it!

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