Monochromatic Pattern Mixing

The latest Everybody, Everywear challenge is pattern-mixing. There’s nothing like a challenge to get me in gear. I love the look of mixing patterns but I’m often afraid to try it. It has to be done right. But if mixing patterns is breaking a rule anyway, how do you know the right way to do it? Hmm. It’s tough. I played it safe and stuck with black and gray.


gray on boardwalk

touch of yellow

T-shirt: Wet Seal
Skirt: Swapped
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Aerosoles
ToteSnap Design
Earrings: DIY
Cuff: Greenbelts
Ring: Premier Designs

A few other ways to mix patterns with a high degree of success:

  • Try a monochromatic theme—limit the color palette and focus on patterns
  • Experiment with accessories—add patterned shoes or a scarf or belt
  • Mix stripes and polka-dots, stripes and florals, or polka-dots and florals
  • Try two different types of stripes

The key is to make this look intentional, not like you got dressed in the dark. I’m still a novice, but I’m trying new things. I have a feeling you’ll see more pattern mixing in upcoming posts. It was a lot of fun to put this outfit together.

Do you mix patterns? What is the secret to your success? Need some ideas before you try it yourself? Check out all of the other ways people mixed patterns over at Everybody, Everywear.


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23 responses to “Monochromatic Pattern Mixing

  1. Just for you;

    You did an excellent job with your posts on the weekend and yesterday – today is no exception, you look stunning, Oma would be so proud! It’s her birthday today – a precious life lived and almost forgotten except for a few people – no parades or hundreds of people gathering around her grave (which doesn’t even exist!).

    Still I will treasure all the lovely memories quietly in my heart. I see her elegance and class in you! You are beautiful and amazing!!!

    I will send some pics of Oma.

  2. Two of my favorite things–mixed neutrals and mixed patterns! Love it (pssst–my post yesterday was actually monochromatic patterns, too!). Subtle and sophisticated. I found you through EBEW–stop by and say hi if you have a sec this week!

  3. boluxe

    This was a fun challenge, Love the mixing!! 🙂

    robyn of

  4. Thanks for the comments. I’ll definitely check out your versions of the challenge.

  5. I love how you stayed with a monochromatic palette. The pattern work great together and your yellow bag is the perfect accessory!

  6. sweetwindfall

    I love this combination! Its great seeing more people trying to mix things up a bit more 🙂 Lovely

  7. I love that you mixed patterns but still stayed within a monochromatic color palette. Looks great!

  8. So glad I’m not the only one who insists that pattern mixing looks intentional! You did a great job!

  9. I had been thinking about mixing stripes for this challenge but I couldn’t make up my mind – I love your take on the pattern mixing. I think you did a great job! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comments on my EBEW ❤

  10. Kimbercrafts

    I love the monochromatic pattern mixing – you pull it off so well! The metallic shoes were the perfect choice. So classy!

  11. Another fabulous outfit! You did a great job pattern mixing….I think the monochromatic colors are a good call. Looks very chic. 🙂

  12. I think this is a really great outfit. There have been so many good ones in this challenge. I love with pop of yellow you’ve chosen. Can’t wait til next month!

  13. Thanks everyone! I’m glad you like the monochromatic look. I really liked that yellow bag when I found it. Turns out it goes with a lot of things.

  14. Hi Jean!! You did an awesome job with the challenge. I love the skirt and the yellow bag – great addition for a pop of color.

    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog!!

  15. You did a GREAT job! I love neutral pattern mixes – I usually try to keep it easy and stick with black, white and grey patterns to mix. They seem to be the easiest to mix and they always look chic.

    LOVE this look paired with your yellow bag!

  16. meagan

    That skirt has such a unique pattern. It looks really great with the top!

  17. Love how you styled this EBEW challenge. The gray theme is the perfect way to subtly but perfectly combine the two patterns. Love this look. – Katy

  18. Thanks for commenting. I’m glad I gave pattern-mixing a try. This was a good way to dip my toe in the water. I’ll try bolder combos in the future.

  19. Amy Johnson

    Fabulous pattern mixing!

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