How I Style It: Pattern Mixing School

Today I’m linking up with my blogging buddies for this month’s installment of our “How I Style It” link-up!  This is a new monthly linkup where we all get together to show you how we style our favorite fashion trends, and invite you to join us in showing off your passion for fashion as well! 
School is in session this month as we discuss pattern mixing!  Mix it up, then grab the button and use the hashtag #patternmixingschool to join in on the fun:)
I used to shy away from pattern mixing, but not anymore!  I believe fashion should be fun, and what’s more fun than NOT being matchy-matchy? (Let’s be honest, though. . .I love a good matchy-matchy outfit too!)  That said, some pattern mixing strategies work better than others.  For some quick tips on pattern mixing to get us started, you can click here for a simple pattern mixing “class” and click here for a more advanced “class.”
Today, I opted for full-on pattern mixing, putting both patterns right up against each other. Flamingos are everywhere right now, including on my shirt.  Why does this busyness work instead of qualifying as a hot mess? Because of color blocking.  My shirt is lighter in color, while the black on my pants and the black on my necklace really anchor the outfit and pull it altogether.  Now, in the spirit of this blog, I have to mention that I got incredible deals on both the shirt (less than $7) and pants (less than $14)!
This pics were shot on a rare date night in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.  We were at Triangle Park, and then headed over to Pies & Pints for a bite to eat afterwards:)
Caution: as you scroll through these pics, take it slow. . .then scroll back and forth really fast.  These pants look wild when you do that.

Shirt: Target (color: Joyful Mint)
Pants: Old Navy (similar)
Necklace: Kendra Scott via Clothes Mentor Lexington (thrifted; similarsimilar)
Sandals: Target
Purse: Louis Vuitton via Clothes Mentor Westerville (thrifted–story here)
Don’t forget to stop by my co-hosts’ blogs, as well as those linking up, and check out how they style their pattern mixing!!!

Beauty and the Binky: Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin’
Glitter+Ruffles: Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Instagram | Bloglovin’
bybmg: Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter
Doused in Pink: Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter
Garay Treasures: Blog | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Bloglovin’ | Twitter
How do YOU style your pattern mixing?
READY TO JOIN IN???  Link up a recent fashion post of yours featuring your pattern-mixing style! Please limit yourself to three links that fit the theme of the link-up. Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up and spread the love in the blog world! Share your posts on social media using the #patternmixingschool hashtag and be sure to tag us! 
***Next month’s linkup will be featuring CHAMBRAY on September 2. *** 

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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