Lately I have been playing around more with pattern mixing. It’s probably a winter thing. I’m bored with all the items in my closet at I’m starting to play with them more freely. It all started a few weekends back when I put on a plaid shirt and several hours later added a striped sweater to the mix because I was cold. Somehow it worked. The color families were very similar AND it was a Saturday. I feel like casual attire is sometimes more forgiving. It got me thinking though – could I take a similar approach with my work wear? I eased into the idea by pairing a black and white floral blouse with a matching black and white skirt.

Black and White Pattern Mixing

DVF Silk Blouse (old but similar here)  | Theory Cream Shell (on major sale)| Black and White Skirt (old but similar here on sale)

The combination worked beautifully … like they were made to go together. Then I saw the latest issue of Instyle and it provided even more inspiration for even bolder pairings.

I went back to the closet to see what other creative combinations I could find.

Bolder Pattern Mixing

I found this gorgeous cowl neck floral blouse (the neckline is to die for) and I paired it with a bold striped skirt.  The combination was amazing and beautiful.  This is an outfit I will repeat frequently.

Eliza J Jacquard Skirt (old) but this years color here | Halogen Print Woven Cowl Neck Top

Pattern Mixing Outfits

Want some more pattern mixing inspiration? I dare you to see how creative you can be.  Post pictures on Instagram and tag #my9to5shoes! My 9 to 5 Shoes Pattern Mixing

Halogen Pullover and Vince Camuto Multistripe Flare Skirt | Halogen Stripe Pullover and Halogen Floral Print Pencil Skirt | Vince Camuto High/Low Floral Blouse and Vince Camuto Stripe Pencil Skirt | Halogen Stripe Pullover and Eliza J Floral Print Organza Midi Skirt| Halogen Graphic Pullover (on sale) and Astr Hayden Skirt