Q&A: How to Mix and Match Patterns

May 1st, 2007

Q:  What can I wear with these bermuda shorts from the Gap? The pattern is very hard to match!

Striped Denim Bermuda Shorts at GapA:  Yes, this tiny striped pattern is difficult to match exactly.  Luckily, you don’t have to match it to create a stylish outfit.  But, for the sake of completeness, the rules about matching patterns are as follows:

(1) If you’re matching different types of pattterns (e.g. plaids and paisley), keep the scale of the pattern the same.  If you have a small paisley pattern, for instance, look for a small plaid print to match.

(2) If you’re matching the same type of pattern (e.g. stripes and stripes), vary the size of the pattern. While a small stripe and a big stripe work well, two types of small stripes will look too matchy-matchy.

Emmeline Button Blouse at J CrewFor this particular pair of striped denim bermuda shorts, we have three suggestions for you:

Knit Striped Deep V-neck Camisole | $39.50 at Gap
For a nautical-inspired look, match the small stripes with a top with larger stripes.

(Pictured) Emmeline Blouse | $78 at J Crew
For a delicate, pretty look, try this slightly ruched button-front blouse with fabric belt.

Proenza Schouler Canary Tissue Tank | $9.09 at Target
For a casual look, pair the striped shorts with a brightly colored plain tank.

Pictured: Striped Denim Bermuda Shorts | $34.99 (sale) at the Gap.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

Entry Filed under: Q&A, Women's

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nicole  |  May 22nd, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    How can i keep the long tank tops and camilsoles from riding up over my hips and rolling up at the bottom?

  • 2. Omiru.com: Style for All&hellip  |  May 30th, 2007 at 2:45 am

    [...] May 30th, 2007 Q:  How do you match a tie to a shirt?Omiru is pleased to bring you the answer to this style question from Ryan Sovereign, one half of the design duo behind the quietly provocative neckwear line Sovereign Beck.A:  Generally, a tie should either totally match the shirt, like when you buy those tie/shirt combo’s at Kmart, or it shouldn’t match at all.  I most often go with light pink, light blue or white…the safe route.  My design partner, Will, is a bit more risqué with his tie/shirt combos.  Truthfully, though, I really can’t lay down any hard and fast rules, since it all depends on what the wearer is capable of pulling off.  And if you can match a patterned shirt with a patterned tie, you’re doing something right!Want to learn how to match a patterned shirt with a patterned tie?  Omiru shows you how to mix and match patterns.Pictured: Beetles Tie | $90 at Sovereign Beck.Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question. [...]

  • 3. Hoopla - Entertainment Bl&hellip  |  June 1st, 2007 at 8:04 am

    [...] And if you want to get really crazy, try matching a patterned shirt and tie. For tips on how to accomplish this Herculean task, check out these tips from style blog omiru. [...]

  • 4. FASHIONISTAOUTLET  |  April 7th, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Sometimes its easier to get someone to do it for you. Do you know of any sites that will style things for you?

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