Mixed Up - Playing With Pattern

 Mixing patterns can be overwhelming at times. You want to pull off eclectic without achieving "hot mess". It's a total game of balance, really.  Stripes are obviously one of my favorite patterns. Second only to the almighty leopard print. Some people don't like leopard because it feels a little too va va voom, if you know what I mean. With this look, I balanced the leopard out a bit by adding some preppy stripes. The collar of this button down also has a ruffle, which softens the whole look while adding texture and dimension.  The real key to mixing patterns is just having the confidence to pull it off. If you feel good in what you've got on, it really shows. My general rule when mixing patterns is not to mix more than two "busy" patterns. I'll incorporate different solids but only two actual patterns for the most part. I don't mind pulling in textures like rhinestone cuffs and a muted snake skin clutch to keep things interesting. But showing a little self restraint when mixing patterns will really help with the balance of the whole look. The majority of this look is from J Crew Factory. I'd recommend sizing down in this blazer. The sweater also runs a little big but I am so excited about all the different ways I can wear it this Winter and into Spring.Sunglasses (similar) || Leopard Sweater || Striped Ruffle Button Down || Red Blazer (similar)|| Black Jeggings || Strappy Flats || Black Clutch || Rhinestone Cuffs (similar)