Pattern Mixing for the Bold


I use to be scared to pattern mix, now I love it! I confess at first it’s hard but then you learn. It’s like repetition! The more you do it the better you get!

I used to not know anything about pattern mixing. I would have things sit in my wardrobe for months to years. Wearing the same black, white, or gray shirt/pants all the time. It started to get boring. With pattern mixing, it expanded my options. I was able to put new outfits together and wear exciting clothes that would normally just sit in my closet. It gave me confidence and helped understand fashion more.

This summer I am obsessed with pink and floral’s. Every year prints are getting better and more vivid on clothes. Because of that, it brought back my love for clothes and wearing color. Yeah, I get teased a little by my family for wearing something so bold. But at this point, I really don’t care. Why? Because I stand out of the crowd! Plus I look and feel amazing! With a bold statement, you look fearless and that shows off.

For this pattern mixing, I mixed a floral print maxi and a vintage leopard print cami from Torrid. I used the rule for scale for this outfit. Always have one print that is larger than the other. The floral prints are slightly larger than the leopard print. If you are unfamiliar to pattern mixing I suggest you start with mixing a floral print with a geometric print sticking with the scale rule. Florals and geometrics always go together.

When you pattern mix you want one pattern to be your accent piece (the one you want to draw attention). Try to not to mix patterns that are of the same scale but with different sizes and patterns. You also want to have a one color matching in each pattern. It will make all the patterns cohesive.

If you want to mix two of the same pattern, I suggest you stick to the scale rule and have one pattern smaller than the other. Also, stick to the same colors. I found out that when you stick to one of these rules you will have a great outfit and rock out with confidence.

Love you all,


*In this Shoot* Top by Torrid; Maxi Skirt by LuLaRoe, Shoes by Toki; Sunglasses by Hands of the World in Seattle, WA; Necklace by Lia Sophia 



Published by Valerie Pantalone

Artists living in the suburbs of Philadelphia on the New Jersey side of town. Graduated Rowan University College of Art and Design in photography. She's been photographing and painting for over a decade now.

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