Stripes and City Lights

yellow stripes and pattern scarf

yellow stripe tee and scarf

yellow stripes and city pattern scarf

city scarf and yellow stripes

A little pattern play for your Wednesday. Don’t worry, I won’t ever get too crazy on you all with my pattern mixing, and we’re easing into it with stripes.

Here’s the breakdown on why this works: Stripes are so classic (and usually include a neutral shade), so they tend to work well in pattern mixing and mashing. The shirt and the scarf feature almost the exact shade of yellow, so that helps. Blue and yellow are also opposites on the color wheel, which mean they are complements, so they flatter each other.

Get it? Quick lesson from someone who is also learning about this, but I really enjoy this look, so hopefully it will inspire some of you to mix up some patterns!


  • On Target item: Merona Striped Tee (exact; also in v-neck here)
  • Scarf: no brand, Target (exact)
  • Jeans: Denizen, Target (exact – tall and short styles online too!)
  • Ankle Boots: Old Navy (Fall/Winter 2013; similar 1; similar 2)

  • Meghan Hayes

    I love this! Stripes and dots also work well together too.

  • Sarah

    Wait, this is perfection. I love the colors and that scarf really does tie it all together!