At a certain point, pattern mixing can become visual chaos. If that’s what you’re going for, all the power to you, because style is all about self-expression—and hey, there’s always beauty in chaos. But if you’re looking to create harmony rather than discord, here are a few loose pattern-pairing guidelines to help you along:
1. FIND A COMMON COLOR This creates a sense of unity among the patterns, and it’s an easy way to create a “match” within a seemingly mis-matched arrangement. In my case, I stuck with black and white. The combination of the achromatic graphic fabrics makes for a straightforward, harmonious look, even though I’m wearing three different patterns. Keep in mind that the colors don’t have to completely match: one color is usually enough to unite.