Mixing prints and patterns for a stylish you is an art. This guide reveals the best stylists’ tricks and secrets on mixing prints and patterns like a pro.
- Mixing Prints and Patterns – Yay or Nay?
- How to Mix Patterns and/or Prints
- Mixed Prints and Patterns Outfit Ideas
- Mixing Florals and Stripes
- Animal plus …
- Stripes and Plaid
- Floral and Plaid
- Stripes and Polka Dots
- Polka dots with plaid
- Camouflage plus Others
- Mixing Three and Prints/Patterns
- Try the Same Print, but Different Size/Color
- What Doesn’t Work When Mixing Prints and Patterns?
- Wrapping Up Mixing Prints and Patterns for a Stylish You
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Mixing Prints and Patterns – Yay or Nay?
Well, it’s an old fashion rule to only wear one print or pattern in an outfit.Just one print per outfit is so yesteryear. #fashiontrends Click To Tweet
Today, mixing prints and patterns is a modern way to look stylish. However, what is too much for one women, may be just right for another. When I wear a print or pattern I rarely wear just one. Somehow I do love to mix them.
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How to Mix Patterns and/or Prints
… without looking like you dressed in the dark due to an outage. Here is a list of the tricks to get the mixed print-pattern trend right to the spot.
- 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. This polka dots on different color is a favorite next mix-and-match of fashion designers. The same applies for stripes. This type of mix is the easiest way to start with when you are new to mixing prints and pattern.
- Mixing prints and patterns for a stylish you is easiest when they are all gray.
- Ground your prints/patterns with a solid color. If the print/pattern has black using black is foolproof. Otherwise the color that dominates the print is a good one to use.
- Mix prints/patterns that have several colors in common.
- Try to mix printed pieces which are in the same color scheme, but have different shades.
- Make sure the prints have a different size or they are the same print and size, but different colors.
- Only one animal print per outfit is a foolproof way of mixing prints and pattern.
- To look ageless in animal print choose it in its natural or close to natural colors and treat the animal print as a neutral paired with large floral print with or without stripes that pick up colors of the print.
- Try different geometric prints together that have common colors.
- Try florals of different size with common colors.
- Restrict yourself to two neutrals like black and white or white and blue.
Mixed Prints and Patterns Outfit Ideas
Here are some outfit examples for inspiration how to mix prints and/or patterns to look effortlessly stylish. They are ordered by type so they are easy-to-recreate from your own closet.
Floral and Stripes
Heidi Klum is a style icon who rocks the stripes and floral print look to the perfection. The typical combination is a striped top with a floral skirt. However, you can create the look also with other pieces as demonstrated below. More on styling floral print.
Animal plus …
Animal print behaves like a neutral. Thus, it is the easiest to wear with other non-solid colored clothing. Wearing a multi-color around-the-knee length summer dress with leopard-print mules is foolproof. Think Rihanna.
Black layering top c/o Adea, own giraffe sweater with plaid skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Gucci belt, GNW black tights (all own)
Mixing Stripes and Plaid
Moda International bomber jacket, Burberry skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim pashli, Cartier just un clou, Hermes collier de chien bangle, pearl necklace (all own), wooden sunglasses c/o Winkwood, top c/o Coolibar and Ivanka Trump pumps c/o Wikibuy
You can find more ideas how to style a pink plaid skirt at this link.
Floral and plaid
Ann Taylor floral tweed skirt with Burberry plaid blazer, silk scarf, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, Gucci scarf,and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel (all own)
Stripes and Polka Dots
Outfit details: The Limited striped T-shirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and belt buckle, Lauren Ralph Lauren pleated polka dot skirt, silk scarf, Juicy Couture cork sole sandals, Chanel bag, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Ray Ban retro sunglasses (all own)
GNW polka dots cardigan, ethnic belt, Oliveo striped leather skirt, GNW tight, Jord bamboo watch (all own), Musse & Cloud booties c/o Coolway and best girlfriend bracelet c/o Chico’s
Polka Dots with Plaid
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Camouflage plus Others
Mixing Three and More Prints/Patterns
Going all the way donning more than two prints is high risk, high reward. Why? Because more than the match of two is difficult to pull off unless your way of dressing has an Eclectic Style attitude.
Mixing three or more prints in one out fit is easiest when all prints have the same two colors like the blue and whiet in the example outfit below. It also works when all prints/patterns are from the same color family. See this example of mixing all gray patterns.
Women with a luxury Bohemian Style may also get away with multiple prints in one look. Note that the first mentioned style may convey the message “I don’t care about the rules.”, while the second may read poverty, when it goes wrong.
The above example outfit is grounded by white. White occurs in all pieces and the pumps. Navy blue and white are both neutrals. Thus, they balance the abstract blossoms of the top.
Vintage coat, Asaarvi leather skirt, GNW Luxe wool cashmere sweater, scarf, GNW leopard tights, Fendi boots, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and bag c/o JORD
L.K. Bennett patent leather wedges, DIY skirt, Pineapple Moon Hawaiian blouse (all own)
Camouflage pants c/o Femme Luxe with own GNW leopard cardigan, Pineapple Vintage top, smoky quartz necklace and earrings, Antonio Melani booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch
Try Using the Same Print, but Different Size/Color
This approach is relatively easy, but has great style impact.
What Doesn’t Work when Mixing Prints and Patterns?
Before I wrap up the most important points, let’s quickly review the most frequent fashion faux-pas. You want to make sure to avoid them when you adopt the trend.
- Stay away from animal prints in non-natural colors with solids and/or other prints. This means don’t fall for fantasy animal prints. More on ageless style in animal prints.
- Never pair prints or patterns of same size that have nothing in common, but the size beause it clashes them.
- Also avoid to create outfits that look similar to a quilted bed throw, and
- Anything too busy like hounds-tooth with polka dots of same size.
Wrapping Up Mixing Prints and Patterns for a Stylish You
Be creative, experiment. To obtain the most stylish results when mixing prints and patterns, try out everything with everything. Then go with what looks the best wrong. Make the mix the statement.
How are you mixing prints and patterns for a stylish you? Or do you wear just one print or pattern at a time? I’m just curious.
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