Top: Zara | Scarf: Vanity | Pants: Paper Denim & Cloth (old) | Boots: Pink & Pepper
I saw a similar outfit on a blog that I adore, Merrick's Art, and decided that I could totally pull off pattern mixing. And I think it worked! This scarf is printed with both a floral and striped pattern already, and when it's paired with a simple striped top, the outfit is much more interesting.
If you're interested in mixing patterns in your outfit, start simple. I have to admit that I usually play it safe with patterns, but adding a printed scarf you love is an easy way to try something new. Also, scarves are super cheap and can quickly be taken off if you decide your outfit is too crazy (unlike a shirt or loud floral pants).
Do you mix patterns? What are your favorite styles to switch up?