Mixing prints and pattern – yay or nay
Well, it’s an aold fashion rule to only wear one print or pattern in an outfit. Today, mixing prints and/or patterns is a modern way to look stylish. What is too much for one women, may be right for another. When I wear a print or pattern I rarely wear just one. Somehow I love mixing prints/patterns. Today I want to share what works and what doesn’t.
How to mix patterns/prints
- Ground your prints/patterns with a solid color. If the print/pattern has black using black is foolproof.
- Mix prints/patterns that have several colors in common or are in the same color scheme, but have different shades.
- Make sure the prints have a different size.
- Polka dots of about the same size look great when the colors of the dots and background are inverted, or the dots have the same color, but the background has a different color. The same applies for stripes. This type of mix is the easiest to start with.
- Only one animal print per outfit.
- Only use animal print in its natural or close to natural colors aand treat it as a neutral with large floral print with or without stripes that pick up colors of the print.
Here are same examples for inspiration how to mix prints/patterns to look stylish
Example floral print with stripes: Jeanne Pierre sweater over floral print eShakti floral print dress worn as skirt with BCBG belt, GNW tights, Steve Madden fall sandals, and striped shawl (all own)
Example of Ann Taylor floral skirt with Burberry plaid blazer, Gucci printed silk scarf, L.K. Bennett pumps, and Longchamp satchel (all own)
Example striped T-shirt with Ralph Lauren polka dot pleated skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, scarf, and Chanel bag (all own)
Example mixing polka dots, stripes and floral print: Jones New York cardigan, Ralph Ralph Lauren skirt, GNW cardigan worn as top, Mandolo Pippa bag, Kieselstein Cord belt, and Christian Louboutain pumps (all own)
Example Karl Jäger floral print with stripes dress, GNW paisley print cardigan worn as top (all own)
Example polka dot GNW cardigan with Burberry pink plaid skirt, L.K. Bennett patent leather wedges accessorized with a Kieselstein Cord belt and Ray Ban sunglasses (all own)
ExampleJones New Yorkblouse, GNW striped cardigan, Burberry pink plaid skirt, L.K. Bennett wedge patent leather heels (all own), and necklace c/o Almo Jewellery
Example black layering top c/o Adea under own giraffe print sweater with plaid skirt, Gucci belt grounded with GNW black tights
Example polka dots of similar size, but with different background color. Jones New York shirt, Lauren Ralph Lauren pleated skirt, Liz Claiborne pumps, Chanel belt, Jaeger tote (all own)
Example Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress, giraffe print sweater, Harley Davidson booties, grounded with black GNW tights (all own)
Example Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Notations cardigan worn as top and GNW snow leopard print cardigan (all own)
Example GNW zebra cardigan with hounds tooth blazer
What doesn’t work
- Different animal prints in one outfit
- Animal prints in non-natural colors with solids and/or other prints, i.e. stay away from fantasy animal print
- Prints or pattern of same size
- Outfits that looks similar to a quilted bed throw
- Houndstooth with polka dots of same size (too busy)
If you liked these tips tweet to your friends how to mix prints/patterns to look stylish.
How do you mix and match your prints and patterns? Or do you wear just one print or pattern at a time? Show me how you style prints and/or patterns or both tomorrow on Top of the World Style. Link your examples up in addition to your OOTD. See you tomorrow at the party. 🙂
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Photos: G. Kramm
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