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How to Style Patterns Together - A 5 Tip Style Guide

If you happen to be a maximalist or you just have some patterned pieces that you would like to style together, but don't know how, then today is your lucky day.

I'm giving you all a few tips on how to style patterns together and choosing which patterns will go best together (in my opinion)!

Match Bigger & Smaller Patterns

As we see on this K.S. Garner set above, there are two patterns in the design: we have a large brown zebra print paired with a smaller black & white zebra print. When it comes to mixing patterns, we ideally want to have a statement pattern and a supporting pattern.

In this case, the brown zebra print would be the statement pattern and the black & white zebra print would be the supporting pattern. The job of the supporting pattern is to not overpower the statement pattern, but still holding its own weight in the style.

Accessorize with Jewelry

You can truly never go wrong with adding jewelry to an outfit. In the photo above, we paired dainty gold jewelry and a chunkier gold necklace with the set so that they compliment the patterns nicely.

However, I think that a bold yellow accent piece or silver jewelry would have paired phenomenally with the outfit as well!

Pair with a Solid Bag

If you want to keep all of the attention on the patterns of your outfit, then I highly recommend going for a lowkey bag like this white one that we paired with the zebra print set. I recommend using a color that is already in your outfit so that it will match well. We also could have used a brown bag here as well, to bring out the brown zebra print in the set.

If you're going for the maximalist approach to the look, pairing a bold colored bag with your patterned pieces is always a fun idea as well. Going off of the outfit that I wore in the picture above, I think that a bold yellow bag would have been great here!

Pair with fun Solid Shoes

The right pair of shoes are the key to any great outfit - for the outfit above, we decided to go with these clear kitten heels that have an embellishment on the top for a touch of flare!

When styling this outfit, we wanted to take the minimalist approach so that we could draw as much attention to the prints as possible. By adding a simpler shoe, it kept the attention on the patterned set, while still having enough fun with the shoes so that they weren't boring and bringing down the outfit itself.

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Thank you so much to K.S. Garner for allowing me to feature your designs in today's blog post, and thank you to Taylor for shooting this look so well!

Don't forget to check out my other adventures over on my Instagram (@faithblackshear) page as well, you don't want to miss out - New York Fashion Week is in T-10 days!


"And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."

Romans: 2-5

-- Faith Blackshear


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