Pattern mixing is definitely one of my favorite ways to dress — combining bright or bold or busy patterns make an outfit so fun and interesting. But pattern mixing is successful only if you strike the right balance between the patterns, and that’s where it gets a little scary for some people. 
So let’s break it down and make it super easy. Three tips for pattern mixing that will make you an expert. 
1. One Small Pattern, One Big Pattern. If both of your patterns are tiny the outfit becomes really busy and hard to look at. If both patterns are big, the outfit can overwhelm your frame. So stick with one of each. Here I’ve paired the big floral print with a smaller stripe. 
2. Find One Common Color in Your Patterns. To make the outfit cohesive, even if there are crazy patterns going on, your patterns need to have at least one color in common. Both of my patterns here have navy and white, so they pair perfectly together. 
3. Start with Stripes. If you’re a beginner pattern mixer, try mixing any pattern with stripes and I promise you it will work. Polka dots, florals, and leopard are also good beginner pattern mixing choices! 
photos by Sara Walk
tee: c/o boden
skirt: c/o boden
boots: nordstrom rack (similar)
bag: c/o lily jade
sunglasses: c/o lulu*s
watch: michael kors (on sale!)
So…think you’re brave enough to pattern mix?? 
ALSO! Boden is having a 25% off everything in their store this weekend — today through Sunday! So go snag yourself something from their amazing collection! Also, get free shipping and returns with code X6K7 or by clicking here. Happy Friday! 


  1. Demi says:

    Yes! I totally agree about the second point. I always try to find a common colour when I'm pattern mixing. My favorite way of doing this is through duochrome patterns, i.e. white shirt with navy polkadots paired with navy shorts with a white bow pattern. That, or make the patterns as simple as possible with coordinating colours, i.e. a cobalt blue striped top with houndstooth jacquard cerise pants.

    I'm still not entirely confident to mix florals with ANYTHING, but I admire those who can do it!


  2. Kimberly says:

    Love this outfit and your tips here are spot on…great post!!


  3. I love stripes with florals. Your outfit looks so cute with the boots you've added xx

  4. You are so good at pattern mixing! I love it! Stripes and florals are perfect together!
    Have a great weekend!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  5. Becky G says:

    Thanks for the tips. This will help me a lot. I'm not a huge risk taker in fashion, but I have my eye on a skirt with a big floral pattern and can't wait to mix some things with it.

    Becky @bybmg

  6. SheridanR says:

    You look gorgeous Merrick! I love that skirt. I totally agree on the pattern mixing. I have a pair of leopard print flats that look great mixed with other patterns and textures!!

  7. Paige Flamm says:

    I agree! Pattern mixing is so easy with stripes! That's why stripes are the best right?


  8. Sun Dry says:

    This was a great deal. Great dress, fit to size, nice material. I am a size 6 and about 5"2 the dress fits perfectly. The dress is not forgiving so make sure you have spanks on under.
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  9. Mixing florals and stripes is one of my favorites!! Fab look, love that you paired it with booties instead of heels!


  10. abby glassmaker says:

    Super cute!! Can I ask about your lily jade. I got mine & it doesn’t look adorable & floppy like yours. Did you treat it?? Any help would be nice. Super sad 🙁 love it on you!

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