Tips for Pattern Mixing: Stripes & Cheetah Print

Hello, Monday! Who is feeling the DSH (daylight savings hangover) this morning? 🙋🏻‍♀️

I’m back home after a whirlwind trip to Disney World. We had a great time, but it’s always nice to be home, especially after a destination as hectic as that one.

I’ve got a work wear look for you today, and I’m doing a little pattern mixing.

This bateau neck sweater is one of my best finds so far this season. It’s priced just under $50 and comes in a gazillion different color ways with both solid and striped options.

I love the way it skims the body without clinging, and it has a flattering bateau neckline. Plus the soft, lightweight knit fabrication is perfect for transition season. It runs true to size; for reference, I have the small.

For today’s look, I paired this sweater with black pants for a work wear look, but it’s also adorable with white jeans, blue jeans, or you could also incorporate one of the colors — maybe the green?

The pants I’m wearing here actually come in a great shade of kelly green they call green amazon.

I’ve shared these pants once before with a floral blouse, but I wanted to feature them again because they’re so versatile.

These classic black trousers have a skinny, ankle-length silhouette and 4-way stretch fabric for maximum comfort and shape retention.

I also appreciate the flat front with a side zip so there’s no added bulk across the midsection, and the split hem at the ankle is a nice detail. For size reference, I have the 8. I wear a 6 at Loft and Banana, for reference.

Because my bag and shoes have gold hardware, I wore a couple pieces of gold jewelry.

These double hoop earrings are delicate but large enough to stand out against my dark hair. I also like the contrast of the circles against the linear pattern in the sweater.

I also wore a simple gold bangle. I’ve had this bracelet for years, and it is a classic piece that I can wear alone or stack with other bangles. Since the sleeves on this sweater are long, I just wore the one.

Typically I’d keep a look like this simple with black pumps or loafers, but I thought these cheetah print flats were a fun alternative.

For one thing, I like how the gold hardware picks up the gold from my bag and jewelry, but I also thought it was fun to do some pattern mixing. Plus ballet flats are one of the best transition shoes for spring because you get some foot coverage but they’re lighter than booties.

There are a few tricks to pattern mixing so you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark.

I like to choose one pattern to be the focal point and the other to be the accent. In this case, the sweater is the dominate pattern because of its large scale and bold mix of colors, and the smaller scale cheetah print is the accent.

Both prints incorporate black and white, which isn’t required when pattern mixing, but it does help the combination look more intentional.

It also helps that the two prints are broken up by the solid black pants, so it doesn’t look too busy.

Outfit Details:

Halogen Bateau Neck Sweater // 1901 4-Way Stretch Ankle Skinny Pants // Something Navy Lily Flats // similar earrings // bracelet // similar bag (option)

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell