All last week, I experimented with pattern mixing. There are many rules to follow, such as, similar size, same color group, follow a thread, etc., but I found the rules didn't necessarily work as I thought they would. It was strictly trial and error.
Here I thought that the black would give it continuity, and the repetitive polka dot would be a "rest" to the artistic pattern of the sweater. Still way too much going on.
Next up, I tried the same color group with two different sized prints. Better here, but still a lot going on. At the end of the day, I liked this-- but wasn't IN LOVE.
This time, I used the same color group and used a small print with a large one. Success! I was still lovin' this at the end of the day.
So what did I learn? It's really a lot of trial and error, but for me, working in a simple color group worked the best. Small prints are easier than large ones. Think of quilts.
I know some of you are trying this. It can breath fresh air into your wardrobe and extend your closet. What have you found?