If you’ve got a few swimsuits around that don’t match, we say, why play by the rules? Mixing prints is a fun and exciting way to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying clothes, and if you’ve got a top in one pattern and a bottom in a different one, don’t feel limited by “the rules.”
Fashion is a fun way to express yourself and you can absolutely wear what you think looks great on you, even mixed patterns!
Here are some do’s and don’ts if you’re going to shake it up on your next trip to the beach!
Pair the exotic with traditional
If you’re going to wear a loud floral swimsuit top that’s very colorful, consider pairing it with more traditional patterned bottoms. Strips and polka dots are classics for a reason, and their simple patterns go well with louder ones.
Big prints go well with small prints
Very small patterns draw less visual attention than their bigger printed equivalents, so they become more of a neutral. Working with different sizes of patterns allows the eye to find a visual hierarchy that creates a more cohesive look.
Stick to a color palette
If your top and bottom have different patterns but a similar color scheme, the two will play nicely together because the color allows your eye to move across the outfit without being distracted. The top and bottom will form a cohesive look and won’t compete for attention with each other.
Or stick to a theme
If you have two pieces that are both geometric, for example, the two might look good together because they are both speaking the same visual language. Look for coordinating shapes, colors, or themes in your wardrobe and mix them together!
Add a neutral accessory
If you’ve got a solid colored sarong or a straw beach hat, adding them to your outfit can help tone down the pattern mix in your outfit. Calmer colors paired with patterns take some of the harshness out of a look.
Have no fear
Don’t worry too much about what people think about your swimsuit. At the end of the day, swimsuits are designed to be fun and active, and you shouldn’t let fear of the fashion police slow you down.
Walk out there with confidence, and you can pull anything off!
Throwing a party? Don’t just whip something up with no thought.
Good parties, even casual pool-side ones, start with careful thought and attention to detail. And food. Lots of food.