Pattern Mixing with Buffalo Check

I am going to start today’s post by saying I hardly ever print or pattern mix. I’m a little scared of it, actually, because it is hard to pull off. But I love this Old Navy buffalo check top, and I want to wear it more often. The way I’ve been wearing the top has been mostly pretty predictable, so I thought I would try it with stripes for date night. I kept the lower half of the outfit simple (leggings and over-the-knee boots) and added some glam with a statement necklace.

Here’s what I try to think about when I’m considering print/pattern mixing.

1. Scales of prints or patterns. I paired the buffalo check (a larger pattern) with a thin stripe (a smaller print). A thick stripe would’ve been too overwhelming for the outfit. Stripes are (in my opinion) a great starting point for print/pattern mixing. Also, I like to keep the scales of the prints/patterns differing (one smaller than the other). And I like to always have a larger print/pattern in the mix because smaller prints/patterns won’t really work on me due to my height (5’11”).

2. Complimentary colors. I like at least one color to be found in both prints/patterns. The gray in the sweater is a neutral, and the black in the stripe and in the checkered print work together to create some unity in the outfit.

Sweater:  Target
Top: Old Navy
Leggings: Hue, from Von Maur
Boots: Chinese Laundry, from Von Maur
Necklace: Von Maur (old)


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