Mixing patterns for family photo outfits?! I know what you’re thinking—that’s crazy—but trust me, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, it’s trendier than ever.
It’s totally possible to have fun with your family photo outfits without appearing uncoordinated or distracting. By mixing different patterns in the right way, you’ll end up with unique family portraits that really show your personalities!
Here are some tips to help you mix prints seamlessly in your family photos!
The easiest way to dip your toes in the print-mixing water is to stick with two colors, or monochromatic prints.
For example, try mixing prints that are just black and white, like my daughter and I did here! Both our family photo outfits are by the same designer, and the matching color palette makes it easy to pair them without clashing.
If you’re still feeling unsure about mixing patterns, go for a top and bottom combo in the same print for a cute look that’s still outside your comfort zone.
Mastered monochromatic prints? Congratulations! Now try taking things a step further by mixing stripes and dots!
Stripes and polka dots are a perfect pattern mixing duo. They’re both simple enough that they can be paired together without looking messy.
If you’re feeling confident enough to try color, I suggest sticking to the same tones for ease of coordination. Different tones of a color are achieved by adding more gray, so they are in the same color spectrum just a bit softer.
As long as the tones are similar, you can totally match busier prints like florals!
Want to keep it sweet? Stick to small floral patterns that are more nuanced. Feeling bold? Pick large florals in bright colors that beg to be seen.
This is definitely one of my ways of mixing patterns!
It really doesn’t matter how you mix patterns and prints as long as you’re confident in your choices!
I’m a firm believer that anyone can wear anything as long as they have the confidence. People always tell me how much they love the way I dress, but that they could never pull it off. Y’all—the only reason I can wear what I do is because I don’t care what other people think!
So what are you waiting for? Give pattern mixing a shot during your next family photo session!
If you’re looking for a family photographer in the Bay Area, I’d love to chat! I’m all about capturing those authentic, candid moments that show your family’s love for each other.