From left: Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, and Betsey Johnson embrace pattern-mixing. Images courtesy of Style.com.
I always thought that my animal print shoes went well with my plaid shirt, but did not have the courage to go out in mismatched patterns. However, those fears have left me since pattern play is all the rage this season. Balenciaga and Dries Van Noten flawlessly mix patterns of silky-looking pants and blouses. You can also take this beyond simple patterns and incorporate some textures, as Betsey Johnson does with a floral suit with a ruffled shirt. Still, one may wonder how much is too much. I think the main thing to keep in mind is the colors you are mixing more than the pattern. Make sure to keep it balanced and have fun with this trend!