Take a good, hard look at Olivia Palermo's outfit before trying pattern mixing for yourself. No one can mix patterns and make it look so perfectly effortless like she can! The first thing to note about Olivia’s ensemble is that all three pieces have navy in them. Use this tip when you’re putting patterns together—one same color in all of the pieces will keep the look cohesive. Also stick to more structured, mature pieces, so your outfit doesn’t wind up looking childish. With these tips in mind, check out our picks below to get a chic, Olivia Palermo-inspired outfit!
We love the abstract printed shorts that Olivia is wearing! She could just as easily wear a navy silk blouse or white tee with them—a silky pair of printed, tailored shorts can be dressed up or down so many ways. Pull one color, like yellow from the first pair of shorts or navy from the third pair, to use in your top and jacket, too.
A simple stripe is one of the easiest patterns to mix with. A multicolor striped tee, like Olivia’s pick, takes the whole look up a notch. Just make sure none of your colors turn your pattern mixing outfit into an eyesore! Keep them in the same color family and look for a tee that has a few white stripes to break up all the color.
A textured boucle or tweed jacket is a great way to incorporate a third pattern into your outfit. And when you’re done pattern mixing, you’ll be able to wear these moto jackets all fall and winter long! Layer them with long-sleeve tees and skinny jeans as the weather gets cooler.
Top off your outfit with a glamorous jeweled necklace. Choose a piece with clear stones, like Olivia’s, or colorful stones that tie in a color from your pattern mixing. We love the navy and yellow necklaces!
Neutral snakeskin flats add so much more style to this look than a pair of plain black or nude flats would. The light snakeskin print on these flats will work well with so many looks this fall—even other pattern mixing outfits!
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