Pattern Mixing for Fall: Plaid + Leopard

Plaid and leopard pattern mix for fall

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I feel like it’s been too long since I brought y’all a good pattern-mix. Pattern-mixing is one of my favorite things to do for an interesting look, and fall is great for pattern-mixing since you have all the layers.  Today’s look is the perfect pattern mix look for fall! I wore this outfit out to dinner while we were on our babymoon in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Top–under $40 // Maternity jeans (non-maternity option–-$10) // Scarf–$19// Booties   Bag–Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 (save option) // Earrings c/o // Sunglasses–$15

Easy Pattern Mixing Formula for Fall

I know pattern-mixing can be so intimidating. But an easy place to begin is with a neutral pattern, like leopard.  Repeat after me: Leopard is a neutral.  Leopard is the fall equivalent of black and white stripes–it goes with everything!  And leopard is a natural match for plaid!  Yes, almost any plaid with go with leopard.  Here, I’m wearing a blackwatch plaid top, but it also will pair really well with red plaid for the holidays:)

I love my leopard scarf, but you could also add a leopard clutch, a leopard skirt, or a leopard cardigan to pattern-mix with a plaid top.

Blackwatch Plaid Bell Sleeve Top

This blackwatch plaid bell sleeve top is a must-have for the holidays! I love the pattern and the way the sleeves are fashion.  I purchased an XL, and it’s perfect for my second trimester bump, with some room to grow.  The fabric is floaty and has some stretch to it.  It can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on your holiday get together.  You could totally switch my jeans for some leather or velvet leggings for a dressier party.

Holiday Party Earrings

I added black beaded tassel earrings to my outfit.  They’re part of a giftset that Sugarfix just released at Target. You get two pairs of earrings (this black pair and a red pair) for just $20, and they come in a pretty little giftbox!  The earrings are the perfect size and very lightweight, whcih is sometimes hard to find in dangle earrings. This giftset is the perfect gift for yourself or for your bestie.  In case you were wondering, Sugarfix is Baublebar’s collaboration with Target, and they have all the trendiest jewelry at very affordable prices.

Do you pattern mix? If you do, what’s your go-to pattern-mixing combination for fall?

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  1. 11.13.17
    Dara said:

    I’m not a fan of animal print but I like that plaid shirt!

  2. 11.13.17

    Love the plaid and leopard, and yes leopard is a neutral! All the way 🙂 Those shoes are so cute!

  3. 11.13.17

    Super cute outfit! You look great!

  4. 11.13.17
    Whitney Jordan said:

    Cute combo! I haven’t tried leopard + plaid yet. I usually go for stripes and floral, plaid and stripes or leopard and stripes.

  5. 11.13.17

    I’m loving the dark plaid with the leopard Tif!

  6. 11.13.17
    Kay R. said:

    You mix patterns so well! Love the combo

  7. 11.14.17

    Love the mix of patterns! Your top is so pretty, love the bell sleeve!

    xx, Elise

  8. 11.14.17
    Mod Lotus said:

    Nice outfit. I found you on lady in Violet. Love your scarf. I am a new blogger and just wrote my first post on winter travel style guide. Please visit me and give me your feedback thanks Manisha

  9. 11.15.17

    Girl you killed it with this look! I love the leopard and that plaid is such a fall staple! You made it chic!

  10. 11.15.17

    I would never think to combine plaid and leopard, but I love it on you and may have to try it!

  11. 11.15.17
    jess said:

    Very pretty mix of patterns, love your top’s color and I just might have to get that scarf myself!
    Thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  12. 11.15.17
    Katherine Medlin said:

    Yes! Leopard is a neutral! hahaha….great pattern mix-up!

  13. 11.17.17
    Carey said:

    I love the plaid and leopard look! So chic!

    xo, Carey

  14. 11.17.17

    I love that plaid top, those bells are so cute and add a nice chic touch to the top! Love that leopard scarf!

  15. 11.17.17
    Katrina Rose said:

    So cute girl! I love that plaid shirt with the bell sleeve! Mixing prints is so fun in the fall.

  16. 11.18.17
    Christie Geiger said:

    Great look!! Beautiful details, especially those cute shoes!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Friday Favorites! Have a fab weekend!

    The Closet by Christie

  17. 11.18.17
    Jess said:

    I LOOOOOVE your booties. Seriously. Heart-eyes over here.

  18. 11.20.17

    Love this combo!