While it's not revolutionary to think that some patterns and prints go together and others just, well, don't, it is groundbreaking to reinvigorate said patterns with an injection of new color and new orientation.
This feminine pairing is as old as time and for good reason. Dainty floral patterns help balance a bold black and white stripe, making it an easy pairing for nearly all occasions: office attire, Sunday brunch, even wedding wear. Accessories should be soft and subtle, like a gold chain necklace and watch pairing or a fabulous pair of shades. Colors that go well with this pairing are tan, gold, and white.
Take a walk on the wild side with a twist on the classic animal print. While cheetah print and cowhide have had their days in the sun (and are still enormously popular in the interior design world), softer versions have sprung into play in the fashion industry, such as this tiny Dalmatian print by Katie Kime. Make a bold statement by enlisting bright white in your outfit in a big way, either as pants or a top to make this puppy print a bit more adult. Gold accessories add warmth, and silver add sophistication. Choose a statement color like emerald green or coral to pack a punch with this pattern pairing.
Calling all cool girls: plaid and paisley are the new black. This unlikely duo complement each other similar to floral and stripe patterns. This picnic-y plaid offers texture and color, though rigid, while the paisley adds a serene and feminine element to the pairing. I suggest using paisley as a secondary print to plaid as it can be overwhelming in heavy doses. Round out the look with bright white, flowing pieces like palazzo pants paired with a short gladiator sandal for an unmistakably stylish summertime 'fit.
Novice pattern wearers need not apply. The marriage between a beautiful abstract print and a psychedelic geometric one is something to be excited about. Now with clothes mimicking art, and art mimicking more art, we have access to so many variations of the abstract + geometric print collaboration. Abstract patterns are soft and whimsical while geometric ones are more masculine and high-tech, offsetting the romantic tone abstracts tend to cast. Use the abstract print as your base and geometric one as your secondary, sprinkling it on your outfit through details like cuffs and accents. Amp up the look with stacked copper rings and mirror shades.