1) Keep your color palette simple.
It’s easy for an outfit to become jumbled and messy when first experimenting with pattern mixing. Limiting your color palette will keep the look more coordinated. Here, I combined three different prints in my shoes, top, and blazer. Sticking with black, white, and red simplifies the look.
2) Add a different texture.
Here, I kept my pattern mixing to a minimum by wearing just two prints in the same color. To add a little interest (and because I’m a layering fiend), I spiced things up with some faux fur. Bonus texture on a faux-leather clutch doesn’t hurt, either.
3) Stick to three prints max.
There are plenty of prints I love to combine: polka dots, stripes, florals, animal prints, gingham, plaid, etc. To keep from looking like the friendly neighborhood bag lady, don’t ever rock more than three at a time. This rule will keep your look playful and streamlined.