My favorite patterns for spring are by far stripes and feminine floral prints. (Gingham and polka dots, you guys are right there in a close second place.) So when Draper James popped up with THE cutest fluted sleeve striped top and the most swoon-worthy scalloped hem pink shorts, I knew they were coming with me to Charleston! (See my Charleston recap here.) I didn’t immediately know that I’d pair these two together, but once they arrived, I knew they were a match made in pattern mixing heaven!
Paired with blush slip-on sneakers, this combo was perfect for seeking out the sweetest treats in Charleston at Sugar Bakeshop! We indulged and tried a few of the different cupcake flavors with iced coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up. Sugar Bakeshop is a little off the beaten path in downtown Charleston but well worth it. You must get the pistachio cupcake you guys.
Not only were these two pieces super cute worn together, but they were also great travel pieces to create additional outfits in a pinch. For example, I swapped out the shorts and paired this top with my favorite white skinnies one night for dinner. The Draper James shorts would be so amazing paired with a white cami, white blazer and ankle strap heels.
I’m sharing my favorite pattern mixing tips for spring in today’s full post, and I’d love to hear your favorite spring prints in the comments!
Ps. You guys might remember this Draper James southern-inspired summer outfit from last year.
‘Keep Reading’ How to Mix Stripes and Floral Print for Spring Below
My favorite go-to pattern mixing strategy is to use stripes as a neutral! Stripes can literally be paired with anything, and I like to start with a nautical navy or black stripe as a base. Depending on what color your stripe is, pair it with a pattern that also includes that same color. For example, my floral shorts have blue in them, so I was able to match the blue stripe in my top. The two pair together effortlessly without looking like they are forced or like too much is going on. Pattern mixing can be a fun way to give new life to your wardrobe pieces, so get creative with your pairings!