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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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!