Pattern Mixing, Early 20th Century Edition

A quick glance at fashion pages these days shows that pattern mixing–combing gingham with florals or dots with plaids–is on trend right now. You might think it is all part of the “anything goes” style philosophy of the current era. However, this photo from the 1900s shows that pattern mixing is nothing new. Here a sad looking older woman combines a plaid scarf with a vaguely floral print. Of course we don’t know why. Maybe her neck was cold and the scarf was close at hand.

Do you mix patterns when you dress? Not me. As a minimalist, I have always found the final results much too busy. Now I don’t have to say that it’s because I’m too old fashioned .

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