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Quote of the Week:

All well and good Mr. Kors.

For some of us, though, mixing and matching can be a scary, intimidating realm that keeps us from even trying. However, adding more color, texture and pattern to our wardrobe can be fun, interesting, definitely stimulating and worth the effort.

So, let’s be bold and step up to the plate and try a little mixing and matching. Let’s get ourselves out of a mindset that whispers in our ear “you could never pull that off!

Are you with me?

Today's lesson plan will offer up a few tips on how to take the intimidation out of that mix and match moment. By the time we're done, nobody will wonder if the lights went out in the closet this morning when we answered the question "What do I wear today?"

Mixing prints can be simple and subtle or big and bold. Wear what makes you comfortable and confident. I chose examples of fabric swatches that are fairly common to most of our wardrobes. Most of us might have something striped, dotted, checked, floral or plaid. These are basic and a great place to begin.

  • Keep your fabrics in the same color family. Match colors not prints. Always pick two different prints that share a single color. My swatches all share the color blue, navy to be specific.
  • Choose one print to dominate and one as an accent. If the stripe or floral is the dominant piece, then accent with a dot or plaid or another print which keeps true to the color of choice.
  • Mix prints of different scales like tiny dots with larger scale stripes.
  • Always treat stripes as a neutral. If hesitant, start with a stripe top, skirt or pant and pair with a polka dot in the same color tone.
Stripes and dots are an easy way to mix patterns. I’ll say again treat the stripe as a neutral and keep the colors in the same tone. Also, if you’re feeling unsure, you can always ground the two mixed pieces with a solid color as done with the jean jacket on the third model.
If you want to use the same print, invert the colors as shown on the first model. Navy dots on white blouse with white dots on navy skirt. Also fun to vary the scale – smaller dots on top with larger on the bottom piece. Plaids and dots or florals and plaids are two more easy patterns to mix. (Yes! That’s Sarah Jessica Parker in the middle photo)
You can also take two of the same print and invert them either by color or in a horizontal vs. vertical pattern. The animal print is by color. Both are leopard print but in light and dark versions. Cover a darker leopard print dress with a lighter leopard print cardigan. Or, with the blue stripe: make the top a vertical stripe with a horizontal striped bottom piece or vice versa.
Then, of course, the easiest of all is to find yourself a top or dress or bottom that already has mixed pattern. Pair it with a solid and you’re done!
And last, but certainly not least, always look to accessories to add pattern, color and texture to a mixed outfit. Even the texture in your handbag is considered a pattern to be mixed and matched. Just by adding a striped scarf to a dotted blouse you have started on the path to this fun trend in fashion.

So. . . there you have it. A few tips to get into mixing and matching your wardrobe. If an entire company can make a sock fortune by mixing and matching, certainly we can find two or three pieces in our closet to put together in new and creative ways.

I’ll leave you today with a poem that tickled my fancy! I love children’s literature.

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