It has, however, occurred to me over the past couple of weeks that mixing and matching patterns has become a new trend.
I have looked around on campus and some of you have this new trend on lockdown, while others still make me cringe.
Most of the students on this campus should just stick to the ancient, “no mixing patterns rule.” No stripes and plaids, or stripes and polka dots, or polka dots and plaids. Just stick to what you know.
However, I am aware that there are fashionable people on campus, so I am here to tell those people how to mix their patterns without making me, and the rest of campus, cry.
First things first, you cannot mix different striped patterns. Don’t wear a shirt with thick blue stripes and pants with thinner stripes in a different shade of blue. That just makes you look like you got dressed in the dark.
Second, mix patterns of the same color family. Find common colors and mix them so you don’t look like a giant blob. Patterns can complement each other nicely if you know what you are doing.
That being said, though, don’t get too matchy-matchy or again you’ll be achieving the blob look. Mixing patterns can be cute and fun when done right, but don’t wear all patterns head to toe – mix it up.
You could also try spacing the patterns out. Try wearing a printed scarf, with a solid shirt and similarly printed skirt or pants. That way the patterns aren’t on top of each other, but going along with each other instead.
The last tip I have is to use solid accessories to pull the look together. Find the common color and carry a bag and wear shoes that are that solid color, too. That way the whole outfit will come together.
But really, look in the mirror before you go out in public decked out in multiple patterns. If you look in the mirror and are like “ehhh,” then don’t wear it. It shouldn’t be too crazy; it should be cute.
Now don’t get me wrong, I did tell you how to pull off this trend, but it doesn’t mean I like it. I still think wearing two different patterns is awful. Call me traditional, but at least I am honest.