Pattern Mixing for the Cautious

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Four patterns in this outfit. Four! But it doesn’t make your eyes cross or make you wonder if I got dressed in the dark, right? The secret is restraint. Only two colors, small scale patterns, nothing that fights for attention or hits you over the head. Gingham shoes and striped pants are almost the neutrals of patterns, so they are a great background for anything, the print on the shirt is subtle because of the color, and the scarf is tied to just give you the suggestion of a pattern. A way of being on trend without looking like a fashion victim. You’ll look like you’re waiting at the bus stop to pick up your kids, not because you live there.

Shoes: Payless
Pants: Thrifted
Shirt: Target
Scarf: No idea, it’s ancient.