Insider Tips for Mixing Colors and Patterns

We’ve all made the promise to ourselves to start wearing more colors and patterns, but with winter still lingering it’s easy to gravitate toward the neutral tones in our closet.

Break away from the usual and try mixing and matching different pieces to create the illusion of a new wardrobe. These three insider tips will help you master the art of color and pattern mixing in no time.

Monochromatic is a beginners friend

If the mere thought of mixing makes you wary, stick to one color and truly own it – and by own it, we mean rock that hue from head to toe. The easiest way to start wearing this look is to choose a color that tends to be muted like canary yellow or blush. If you’re looking to mix different patterns, the same concept applies.

Next stop: analogous and contrasting hues

For the more advanced mixer, we’re going to refer to the faithful color wheel. For an analogous look, match colors that are next to each other on the wheel – blues and greens, reds and pinks, etc. This gives your style bold pops of color without going over the top.

A contrasting look is the next level up in color and pattern mixing. For an outfit that catches the eye, try mixing hues and patterns that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A poppy tunic with turquoise jeans? A violet dress with the WES sandal? The possibilities are endless.

And lastly, neutrals are not what you think they are

When we see the word “basic” in regards to clothing and accessories, our first thought typically goes to black, white, gray and beige. There are plenty of other colors and patterns out there that are considered neutral, including stripes, plaids and metallics. If it’s a black on black kind of day, reach for a neutral pattern or add some shine with a metallic element, like the ANNE sneaker, to boost your ensemble.