As a brand whose hero is The Stripe, we love to play with print and pattern. We love to mix. A stripe with leopard, with check, or, with our newest pattern: camouflage. There is a bit of a formula to pattern mixing, but it’s not complicated. Like a beginner chef, you can still create a delicious multi-course meal with a bit of guidance.
Below, we’ve created a KULE cheat sheet to pattern mixing for fun-filled dressing this season.
Picking a Standout
When pattern mixing, you simply have to let one pattern be the standout and the other the “neutral.” At KULE, we treat stripes as a neutral and therefore they are the most perfect base layer to an outfit even if you’re including additional pattern. This outfit: A striped tee + camo cardigan + well tailored trousers is great for a casual office Friday.
Getting the Balance
This outfit is about — you guessed it — getting the balance right in combining patterns. You can wear a striped sweater with checkered pants and not look too bold if both pieces in neutral, coordinating colors or hues.
Committing to a Theme
If you want to really lean in, think of your pattern as a suit: bottoms + a jacket (in this case, a statement sweater). You can easily mix in different patterns with a striped tee peeking out or with accessories like a patterned scarf around your neck or in your hair.
Same, but Different
You can also do two types of the same type of pattern. For example, a checker cardigan with plaid pants (the same as in look 2!) involves two types of square-shaped pattern but when you focus on coordinating the colors and having the patterns vary in size (one large, one small), you create a pretty good masterpiece.