Pattern Primer: Triple Pattern Mix

Hello friend! If you’ve been following my style for a while, then you know I like to pattern mix. Whether it is plaid, floral or stripes, I am always itching to pair it with another print. While it was daunting at first, now I feel like I have mastered it (see my Pattern Mixing 101 post). But now comes another challenge: mixing three prints in one outfit! How do you achieve a cohesive triple pattern mix? Let me show you the way!

Triple Pattern Mix With Unifying Color Palette

First of all, choose a unifying color palette. That way, even if the patterns are different, the similar colors makes the outfit look intentional. One of my favorite examples of this is the outfit below. It is a mix of red, white and blue.

Everyday styple blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with gingham stripes and floral print

 

The shirt has white and blue. The skirt has red and blue. But because the shoe has red, white and blue, the entire outfit feels aligned. Having all three colors in each piece would be too redundant, but having one palette which all the pieces contribute to, makes it visually appealing.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with gingham stripes and floral print

 

Stick With One Main Color

Alternatively, you can take the outfit look cohesive by sticking with just one color. Here, I have paired two gingham prints (of different sizes) in tones of blue. While it is a bold pattern mix, the outfit looks unified because of the same color scheme. To complete the theme, you could have easily worn a blue patterned shoe. But because I do enjoy mixing up color as well as pattern, I chose a leopard print.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with gingham plaid and leopard print

 

For this outfit, I chose to add the third print in the shoes, but you can do otherwise. As I have said before, changing up my outfits constantly is how I keep my closet fresh and interesting. The next time I wear this outfit, I will likely wear it with a leopard print belt. The following time, I can move the leopard print to the bag. See how fun it can be?

Triple pattern mix with gingham check and leopard print

Choose Your Triple Pattern Mix Focus

Another way to achieve a good triple pattern mix outfit is to pick a focus print/piece. Then use the other prints to complement and support it (kind of like a lead actor and the supporting actors)! To illustrate that theme, see this look below. I chose a bold green floral skirt as my focus piece. I then supported the look with two neutral toned prints, a polka dot and a leopard print. Since the supporting prints are both neutral, they blend in nicely with the colors of the skirt.

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with green floral Anthropologie midi skirt neutral polka dot shirt and leopard print heels

 

Remember to keep the supporting prints a smaller scale than your lead print. Otherwise, you will achieve a very different look, one that may draw a lot of questions!

Everyday style blogger polished whimsy wears a triple pattern mix outfit with green floral Anthropologie midi skirt neutral polka dot shirt and leopard print heels

I hope you found this post educational and inspirational. Moreover, I hope you will try your hand at a triple pattern mix. It is truly an exceptional look.

Some of the items from this post are still available for purchase, so I have linked them below (including some fun alternatives). As always, remember to first go through your closet and remix what you have!

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3 thoughts on “Pattern Primer: Triple Pattern Mix

  1. Hi Elsie! I follow you on Instagram and just started reading your Blogs. They are so useful and educational. I am amazed how pattern mixing can actually work out. You have inspired me to move out of my comfort zone. I like wearing prints but usually pair them with solids. Since it is fall, I have a request…I am curious to see how you would pair leopard print with fall floral print. Looking forward to see what you will bring out for Winter!

    1. Hi Delilah! I am so happy you are enjoying my blog. It’s definitely a labor of love, so I truly appreciate that people “get” it and enjoy it. I aim for my blog to be educational and inspirational, so I am so pleased you say that they are! Thanks so much for the suggestion. I will definitely start working on a post! Please keep the suggestions coming! What’s your IG handle?

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