In Style with Leslie Young

Categories // In Style, LA Focus Wednesday, 04 September 2013

In Style with Leslie Young

One of this season’s trickiest trends to master this season is pattern mixing. The professionals seem to have a way of marrying various prints to create a brilliant ensemble, while the rest of us stay mystified.

You can put your pattern mixing fears to rest because today you’ll learn 5 tips to mastering Pattern Mixing.

First, to make it work you must have a piece to work around. This is the most important piece of your ensemble because it will help you get back on track if you start to get a little pattern mixing crazy, which is VERY easy to do.

Next, don’t be afraid of stripes. Treat your striped pieces like you would a neutral. Just as you would wear a polka dot skirt and a matching solid top, replace the solid top with a striped top and voila…you’re pattern mixing.

Pick a color and stick with it. Believe it or not, there’s somewhat of a method to the pattern mixing madness and it all lies in color. There should be at least one color in each piece of you outfit that is an identical match. This will help you to achieve cohesiveness—and make your outfit look planned which is exactly what you want.

Another creative way to mix patterns is with size. This is especially fun when you’re mixing animal prints. Try mixing a larger artistic leopard print with a more realistic leopard print. The contrasting sizes add interest to your outfit and can even be slimming.

My personal rule of thumb when pattern mixing is three is more than enough. Any more than three and rather than that effortless look you’re going for, your outfit will look forced. If you have to add a fourth piece like a cardigan or belt, make sure it’s solid or even denim.

There you have it girls, 5 tips for pattern mixing.  For more fashion insights visit Leslie online @fashiondujour.


While we’re on the subject of mixing things up, this month’s feature is The Cooper Building in the heart of Downtown L.A.  It’s home to a mix of close to 100 of the fashion industry’s hottest designers.

From 7 for all Mankind to Alice + Olivia to Theory you’ll find tons of showrooms and quality sample sales, which is essentially a version of what the final product will look like with a few minor differences. Because many of these samples are actual functional garments, designers sell them at a significant discount sometimes 75 – 80% off.

On the last Friday of every month, many of the showrooms in The Cooper Building have sample sales. If you are thinking of going bring cash - because most showrooms are cash only, come early – to beat the crowds, and wear comfy shoes.

At the end of your shopping spree, treat yourself to a smoothie from the juice bar on the first floor.  I hear they’re amazing!

The Cooper Building is located at 860 S. Los Angeles Street. You’ll find a calendar of events by visiting

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