The old rule
My mother always said “one pattern or print per outfit” and “the additional colors have to repeat colors of the print or pattern”. I never understood why. On the contrary, I always found it very tricky to get that rule to work as it comes close to color blocking with a print or pattern.
The new rule: Mix prints (and pattern) and ground them
I would not go so far to state that it would not work, actually it can work very well as Catherine Summer from Not Dressed As Lamb often demonstrates. Coming back to my mom’s fashion advice, the part I disagreed strongly with her was the advice not to mix pattern/prints. I love to mix prints for a great look, and always did. I agree it is tricky too.The new fashion rule: mix prints and/or pattern. #fashion #trends Click To Tweet
Stylist’s tips to get the leopard with floral print mix right
Here are my secrets to make mixed prints work:
- Treat leopard prints as a neutral. Leopard print plays well with floral prints, stripes. #secretsofstyle Click To Tweet
- Try to pick prints of different size but same color scheme.
- Pick one color of the pattern to ground your prints. It is easiest using the background color of one of the prints. But most prints have black in them and that is a great color for grounding. Actually, it pulls the look to more sophisticated. Ground your prints when mixing prints. #styletip Click To Tweet
- Keep accessorizing to a minimum and simple, but classic. You do not want that the people you meet look like they were scanning you.
- Make the print mix the focus point of your outfit. #styleadvice Click To Tweet
How I styled the leopard and floral print look
In the example of the first photo of this post, I mixed a snow leopard print with a floral print. Both have a white background and lots of black. I grounded the outfit with a gray tweed skirt, gray ankle straps pumps and my shark gray Pippa bag.
Do you jump the bandwagon on the mixed print trend? What’s your dressing challenge with this spring/summer trends? Let me know so I can help you (anonymously) with a post. Just send an email.
Photos: G. Kramm
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