…Without looking like you got dressed in the dark!

How to Mix Patterns Like a Fashionista 1Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 21. Choose one print to dominate and one as an accent

2. Mix prints of different scales

3. Keep your fabrics in the same color family

4. Pick two different prints that share a single color

5. Pair mixed prints with neutrals for an easy vibe

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6. If you want to use the same pattern, invert the colors

7. Or play with size

8. Use the exact same pattern in a larger or smaller scale

9. Treat stripes as neutral

10. Break up patterns with a belt for a more cohesive look

11. Tie a plaid shirt or printer sweatshirt around your waist for an easy and casual dose of added print

12. Textured fabrics like perforated leather totally count as a print

Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 6Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 7Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 813. Choose a top or dress that is pre-mix and pair with a third print

14. Pair two types of the same print

15. Or the same print in boldly contrasting colors

16. Add Fair Isle to a bright summery print for year-round wear

17. Break the patterns up for a less busy outfit

18. Pair neutral prints with colorful prints

Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 9Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 10Mixing Patterns Like a Fashionista 1119. Mix prints between tailored and flowy pieces or different textures20.

20. Use printed accessories for a lighter touch

21. When in doubt, polka dots and stripes ALWAYS work

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Turtleneck | Skirt (old), similar here and so cute here | Booties | Hosiery, similar here and LOVE these | Fanny Bag | Hat | Jacket | Earrings (old), similar here

Are you comfortable with mixing patterns and prints? Or do you keep it safe and wear patterned tops with solid bottoms? I’d love to know! (Click HERE)

Thank you so much for reading. And as always, have a beautiful day! XOXO, Candy

Photos by Tessa Allen


  1. November 8, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I’ve tended to stay away from mixing patterns because I’m afraid I won’t be able to make it work. This is going to be a big help.

    • Candy
      November 8, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      I think most of us are afraid of mixing patterns. Mostly because it’s not something we do on the regular.

  2. November 8, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    At 4 years old I think my daughter is going this direction! You look great.

    • Candy
      November 8, 2018 / 2:44 pm

      Got yourself a Lil Fashionista, huh? Thank you so much!!!

  3. November 8, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    I go for more bright colors than actual patterns, but you are inspiring me to try more patterns! Your outfit here is absolutely perfect. I just love everything about it! Seriously the jacket, tights, skirt, booties, hat, it all comes together perfectly!

    • Candy
      November 8, 2018 / 2:45 pm

      Oh my goodness, thank you so much!!!! I actually felt really good with this ensemble…which usually isn’t the case when ‘trying’ to mix patterns.

  4. November 8, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    You’re absolutely rocking this style, you look astonishing! Thanks a lot for sharing.

  5. incalexandra
    November 8, 2018 / 9:25 pm

    Oh clever! I love this! I never would have thought to mix these patterns, but you look absolutely fabulous!

  6. November 9, 2018 / 5:01 am

    You have great tips and I lve that stocking print, it stands out the most and look like a diva. Thansk for the inspirating and I am going to get something similar to try it out too. I hope the outcome would look good on me.

  7. November 9, 2018 / 6:12 am

    You look absolutely fab, I wish I was brave enough to mix patterns like this!

  8. November 9, 2018 / 8:35 am

    I love the way you’ve mixed those patterns with such confidence, you look great! It can be so daunting trying to mix patterns and getting it to look right.

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Thank you so much! The look just kinda put itself together on its own. It just worked without much effort from me. Enjoy your weekend!

  9. Shar
    November 9, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    Ahh thank you so much for sharing! I am always hesitant to mix patterns and colors but you do it so well!

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:18 am

      Thanks so much Shar. Yeah, mixing patterns can be intimidating and tricky. Hopefully some of the tips will help when you feel the need to experiment with patters. #muchlove

  10. November 9, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    I love prints but I am not sure how to pair them well. Loved your outfit ideas. Hopefully I will experiment more with them 🙂

  11. Cristina Pop
    November 9, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Your outfits are amazing! I can surely use your tips, as I don’t always make the best clothes combinations.

  12. November 9, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Love this look and the patterns together…you’ve really pulled it off fabulously!

  13. November 9, 2018 / 4:59 pm

    I love this outfit and every single one of your pics. Mixing patterns is such a great way to elevate your style.

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Thanks so much Christa!!! Kisses!!!

  14. November 9, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Your outfits look lovely on you. You matched everything beautifully, when I try I look like a clown, therefore, I go back to my perfectly matched outfits.

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:16 am

      LoLoL, now that’s funny Gladys. Trust me, I feel you. Most times, I do play it safe. Every once in a while, I like to be a bit edgy. Thanks so much for reading!

  15. November 9, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    I am always so afraid of matching patterns. You did a great job tying this all together and not only making it work, but it looks great!

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Hey Wendy, thanks so much!!! For some reason, this actually didn’t take a lot of effort.

  16. November 9, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Mixing patterns has become very popular. It takes talent to match it up and make it look this good. Great job!

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:15 am

      Awww, thank you so much Cindy!!! It actually just kinda worked without even trying…this time!!!

  17. November 9, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I am always afraid of patterns – much less mixing them. These combinations look great!

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:14 am

      I agree, mixing patterns can be very scary and tricky. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  18. November 9, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    I love how you styled it. So chic and cute. I like that newsboy hat. Thanks for sharing!

  19. November 9, 2018 / 11:20 pm

    You have such a great style and an eye for putting pieces together. Great job on matching elements of the patterns.

  20. November 9, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    Thank you for all your wonderful tips in wearing mixed patterns. I will be using these tips to improve my style.

  21. November 10, 2018 / 1:24 am

    I love seeing people who pull of mixing patterns effortlessly, I just have never seemed to be able to do it. I think its more that my style is just too safe and traditional, but these tips should definitely help. thanks.

  22. Surekha Busa
    November 10, 2018 / 3:12 am

    You are so beautiful in that style and I absolutely like it, thanks for sharing!

  23. November 10, 2018 / 7:15 am

    The outfit you created is so on point! I can’t even wear prints, haha. The most adventurous I’ll get is a graphic tee.

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:12 am

      LoL, that’s so funny!!! Thank you so much!

  24. November 10, 2018 / 9:07 am

    You always look great! The little voice inside my head is screaming no, no… Thats not how you do it! But you are proving it wrong! Beautiful!

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Awww, thanks so much Kelli!!!!

    • Candy
      November 10, 2018 / 9:22 am

      Awww, thanks so much Kelli!!!

  25. Fatima D Torres
    November 10, 2018 / 9:56 am

    I’m loving the mix of patterns and fabrics, Candy! You’re such a fashion icon. I love it!

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Style Icon?!? OK, my head just swole up two inches!!!! LoLoL!!! Thank you so much!!!!

  26. Caroline Brandt
    November 10, 2018 / 11:00 am

    I love this outfit girl! Mixing patterns is my favorite thing to do in the fall it certainly makes the outfit more fun and eye catching! -Tonya Morris

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks Jasmine! I really appreciate that!

  27. November 10, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    Candy I LOVe your look!
    I know mixing patterns and prints is trendy now, but for me it is so delicate, I really appreciate your tips! I have lately mixed stripes and floral and was surprised how good it looked (also got many compliments) which encouraged me to go for MORE!

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Yea Nati!!! And thank you sooo very much!!!!

  28. Create. Play. Travel.
    November 10, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    You did a beautiful job mixing your patterns. I love your style too! One of the best things about fall is the cozy accessories, boots and coats.

  29. lisaalamode1
    November 11, 2018 / 9:26 am

    Loved seeing this look on your facebook page. You mix prints like a boss!

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      Lisa, this was just the sweetest comment ever! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  30. November 11, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    You are right, this isn;t the easiest thing to do. But when done right makes a huge impact.

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      I definitely agree with you!!! It can make a HUGE statement!

  31. November 11, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Love this! Mixing patterns can be so fun and I love seeing you embracing that and looking amazing while doing it!

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Awwww, thank you Miss J!!!!!!! #smooches

  32. November 11, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ve always wanted to mix patterns but have never been quite sure how to pull it off. Now I know.

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Hopefully, some these tips will help when you’re ready to experiment!

  33. Danielle
    November 11, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    I love the look of this outfit! I wish that I felt more confident in mixing patterns but I am not fully there yet.

    • Candy
      November 11, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Trust me, I get it. It takes a while to feel comfortable doing so.

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