pattern mixing – subtle move

pattern mixing, blue and white - thrifting diva Hey guys! I’m back with another pattern mixing thrifted outfit!  My last post featured a bold move in the art of fashion pattern mixing.  I know, I know, I started out with a bang!!!  But, in this post, I figured would show you some more subtle ways that you can achieve some pattern mixing, opening your closet to a world of new possible outfits.  I like to be a little more daring (when it comes to fashion), but for some people, baby steps are needed.

This is one of my absolutely, favorite thrifted shirts.  I wear it often and decided to use it in my pattern mixing series.  It’s a BCBGeneration shirt via Buffalo Exchange.  The shorts, I recently picked up on the San Diego Thrifting Bus Tour from Goodwill.  You may have seen me highlight this score in my thrift haul.
pattern mixing, blue and white - thrifting diva

Here, I am following two basic rules for mixing patterns – staying in the same color family and subtlety.  I am playing off the blue and white in this outfit.  The shorts have the dominant blue with white prints.  The shirt has the dominant white, with the blue print.  With respects to the subtlety rule.  The shirt is definitely not a crazy printed shirt with the white space more dominant.  The shorts have the dominant.

Thus, having the shirt with the heavily printed shorts, allows for pattern mixing in a very subtle manner.  I paired this outfit with some flats (that type of day), and some simple accessories.  pattern mixing, blue and white - thrifting diva pattern mixing, blue and white - thrifting diva pattern mixing, blue and white - thrifting diva If you weren’t convinced to do some pattern mixing in my bold move post, hopefully, this one has made you think twice about giving it a try.   Additionally, what better way to try out new fashion trends without breaking the bank — your nearest thrift and consignment shops have A LOT of choices for you!

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15 Comments

    1. Taeyeon,
      Thank you!!!! I am new to blogging and wanted something that was very simple. Glad that you liked it. Thanks for the compliment on the outfit as well. I am still getting my feet wet with the mixing of prints, but having a lot of fun as well. Thank you for stopping by.

    1. Cheryl,
      Thank you girlie! Isn’t that shirt just beautiful and sexy all at the same time? You just never know what you will find in a thrift/consignment shop. It is definitely a casual outfit without much fuss.

  1. I love the high/low of your top! It’s so pretty and super flattering. Definitely going to go on the hunt for something like it. 😀

    Always,
    Mostly Lisa

  2. Ayana you look great. Both pieces are really pretty. I agree with you and your rules. Keeping both prints in the same family of colors (I say 2 colors for each print – like you did – works best). And also one print larger than the other one. =)

    Great thrifted finds. I am super impressed!

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