Mixing Prints & Patterns

I’m being very optimistic styling such a winter outfit today. Our weather is still unseasonably warm but hopefully colder air is coming soon. It’s hard to believe I am actually ready for the cold but sheesh, it IS January!

The key to mixing prints and patterns in an outfit is to make sure one print dominates and the other is in the background. Stay in the same color family or keep basic colors the same to tie the look together. Both patterns should not be so bold that they compete with each other.

In my case, the stripes are in the background and because there are large blocks of color in the coat, the scarf can take center stage with the animal print.

I put together several combos of cardigans/scarves for you today.

In the look below, the buffalo plaid catches the eye first and the scarf is the accent piece. Black and gray pull the two pieces together and the red is a nice third color.

The Limited // JCP

This scarf has the basic colors of the sweater but it’s the bright yellow and lighter shades that give the outfit a spring feel.

Nordstrom // Macy’s

Because this sweater has two main neutral colors, a more colorful scarf works well. The pretty purple shades pop against the dark brown.

Venus // Patricia Nash

Since this cardigan is pastel colored, it can easily be worn now through spring. Adding a pretty scarf dresses up the look.

Amazon // Kohl’s

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