Pattern MixingJ.Crew gingham + skirt (old, but loving this floral), Ferragamo shoes, Kenneth Cole bag (reviewed here)

I like to go bold with mixing patterns and prints, but when I do I still like the look to remain streamlined and intentional, rather than appearing like a mismatched mess. To accomplish this pattern mixing, even with three distinct pieces, there are a few simple steps I follow:

Pattern Mixing 2

1) Pick a color palette. In this instance, navy blue was the neutral and the base.

2) Two of the three patterns should easily pair. Here it is the gingham and the paisley. They are the closest to each other and therefore should be, and are, the most complimentary.

Tri Pattern Mixing

Leopard Handbag

3) Pick one standout piece. Here it is the leopard bag. A showstopper piece and definitely unexpected.

4) Keep the rest simple. Basic navy pumps, no jewelry, and pulled pack hair keep me looking put together and appropriate.

Leopard Plaid and PaisleyDo you dare to mix three patterns? I’d love to see links to your examples!