Have you ever worried that your pattern mixing may trigger a seizure in someone?
It’s not normally something I think about but this outfit almost required a health warning.
Advanced Pattern Mixing Triggering A Style Seizure
This amazing jacket is a sample that was never put into production by Pink Tartan a great Canadian company from Toronto.
And yeah, in case you haven’t guessed it already I’m a sucker for one-of-a-kind pieces.
This jacket’s boxy style isn’t flattering for my body type but the fun wildlife print was too good to pass up.
Did I mention I used to design prints? I’m obsessed with them.
I consider it a personal challenge to try to mix as many prints in one outfit as possible.
Some people want to win gold at the Olympics I want to see how many patterns I can put together.
Aiming too high only makes me feel like a failure so I like to keep those goals about an inch above ground level.
My life coach insists that I pencil in daily on my To Do List “take a nap”.
Did I mention my life coach is my pug? She has it all figured out.
Congratulating yourself for the little wins in life is what it is all about.
Setting yourself up for guaranteed success isn’t a bad idea either.
How To Break The Pattern Mixing Rules
Normally if you want to combine prints it is often suggested that one of the patterns should be larger than the other, or tone on tone which provides contrast, balance and a place for your eyes to rest. Creating one focal point is what was once considered the golden rule.
I totally trashed that rule here and I didn’t feel like a freak of nature when I did it.
The little trick I used was the fact that both patterns have similar backgrounds and the tones are the same. So much so in fact that the pants and jacket almost look like a suit if you stand back and squint really hard.
They happily break all the rules and run with it.
The shoes well…those are just fun and they work with the animal/jungle/garden theme.
Writing about pattern mixing I have to mention Theresa’s boho outfit. The way she mixed her patterns and textures while transitioning into fall with her vintage maxi dress is so inspired.
A visual feast for the eyes.
Sure, there is no one focal point, but the eye gets to wander at leisure…eating up all the delicious details and contrasts.
Pattern and texture overload outfits to me are an explosion of pure joy.
Remember when you were a kid and dressed up in your Mom’s clothes? Remember how you’d put on everything?
Yeah, that kind of childlike joy that knows no bounds and simply follows the heart.
Are you a fan of pattern overload? Or does it trigger a seizure?
Linking up with the lovely Patti over at Visible Monday