The Fun of Mixing Prints & Patterns

For many women, the thought of mixing multiple Patterns in a single outfit can be intimidating- what if you look like a Clown? The trick to mixing Prints without looking like a walking mistake is to understand the Balance and Scale. We tend to shop full speed ahead when there are racks on racks of basics. Work-appropriate Silk Blouses in Soft Tints, Neutrals and Solids go well with everything, which makes for a practical Closet. If you stick to a few key pattern-mixing formulas, I promise you can pull off a Print Mix and amp up your fashion confidence in the process. If the scale of your prints are proportional and they share a complementary palette, the outfit will always work.

The simplest and most effective way to mix prints is to stick to a black & white palette. Black and white prints can seem like a very inflexible palette. However, believe me when I say, it is quite the opposite. In fact, black and white is incredible versatile, easy to use, and effective as anything. Literally any print combination in this most basic of duos will work. In addition, it is ok to add a pop of color with your bag or shoes.

Look 1:

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Ladies this happens to be one of my favorite looks.

If you get two pieces that shares the same Accent/Base Color or if you are new to mixing, prints stick to a two-color pattern. The easiest way for new comers to mixing prints is to simply replace your solid colored top with a monochromatic pattern in that same color or stick to a two-color pattern in both. This will be a bomb pattern play!  If you are feeling real sexy amp it up a notch, but make sure that both pieces share one prominent color.

Look 2:                                                                                                                                                   Look 3:

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To wrap it all up:

Dots, Leopard, & Stripes: These 3 timeless patterns are the print equivalent of a classic White Tee Shirt. My advice to you is to stop trying to play it safe by shyly relying on solids and single patterns. I love merging opposites together. Pairing animal prints or floral, which have a more natural feel, with geometric prints, like dots and stripes, can be unexpected and visually appealing. I also like to treat Leopard as a Neutral…. It can pretty much go with everything! Pair together with any other pattern or any other color and you are safe GIRLFRIEND!  Therefore, lets get on it and start mixing.

Look 4:

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  • Daisy
    June 14, 2018

    I never thought about mixing prints before but these looks are absolutely super cute and adorable!!! I’m loving all of these awesome outfits!!!

  • Atembe
    June 14, 2018

    I love the ideas you had! I enjoy mixing prints; I think of them like colors. Some colors go together better than others. Some colors can stand on their own. I’m definitely a fan of black and white myself

  • Esme Sy
    June 14, 2018

    I adore this style! Black and white is the ultimate root of all wonderful color combinations so it’s expected to have them both at the top of ideas and designs. I’ll be rockin’ a nice black dress with some pretty white shapes tomorrow, I’m inspired by the one above here!

  • Deb B.
    June 14, 2018

    I LOVE me some mixed prints! These looks are so chic and it’s got me excited to try some different looks for the summer. Easy to forget that we don’t have to be limited with solid colors and prints. Time to have fun with our warddrobe. 🙂

  • Melanie
    June 14, 2018

    I have never combined prints. I have a friend who does it with ease often! I do not think that I have enough staple pieces in my wardrobe to combine prints. Most of my items are solids.

  • Amy-Lynn
    June 15, 2018

    It’s nice to see that this kind of layering of prints is in now. I love different prints and patterns and people often look at me funny if i’m not offsetting it with a solid. now i’ll blend in for a change! lol

  • Shelley King
    June 15, 2018

    I love the black and white. When I walk in to my closet about everything I have is black and white. I have things like this but never dreamed of putting them together. I am not a fashion person at all. I really need help in that department so this article gives me lots of ideas for what I already have.

  • Sue Reddel
    June 15, 2018

    Thank you for sharing these terrific tips. I never know what goes with what. But I’m a visual person so seeing your examples really helps me a lot. Guess I can get away from wearing all black! Thanks.

  • Gisele
    June 15, 2018

    When I was younger I loved to wear polka dots. I had one dress that I nearly wore out because I loved it so much. I’m older and was taught that patterns need to be matched with solids but these looks really work! At my age someone will think my mind is off if I wear something like this but on you younger gals, this looks great!!

  • Rachel
    June 15, 2018

    I love how mixed patterns look but I have yet to be confident enough to try to pull it off. I am just not sure if I am doing it right. It can look so bad if it isn’t good.

  • Sue-Tanya McHorgh
    June 15, 2018

    I love this post. I love fashion and I think your style is awesome. I always thought you should never mix prints or patterns but this post actually opened my eyes . I’m really liking this mix.

  • Tami
    June 15, 2018

    I’m not sure I can do this, girl! I’ve never been able to mix prints and patterns. Maybe, just maybe, I will come to love it the more I see of it. …Maybe…

  • Natalie
    June 15, 2018

    While it could be fun mixing different styles of patterns, I’ve tried to do it before and it never looks good on me. Maybe I am just doing it wrong, I have no idea honestly, i have no style at all. But I’m loving the pokadots & stripes style a lot.

  • Karla
    June 15, 2018

    I have to admit that I’m still nervous to mix stripes and dots. I am getting better at having actual patterns but I always wear them with a solid color. Thanks for the tips.

  • Nailil
    June 15, 2018

    I love looks that mix prints and patterns. But I will be honest, I don’t really do a great job at doing so.

    Xx, Nailil

  • Nati
    June 15, 2018

    I never thought of combining different patterns! You are right in all these examples it looks pretty cool!

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence
    June 16, 2018

    Combining patterns takes courage! You’re right – there is a fear of looking like a clown. Going to my wardrobe to contemplate this now. Thanks for the inspiration 😍

  • Katie
    June 16, 2018

    These are fun looks for summer. I like combining different patterns; florals with stripes, etc. It’s a great look!

  • Elizabeth O
    June 18, 2018

    I love the idea of being bold and mixing prints. It looks so good! I am not sure I could pull it off though.

  • Clare
    June 19, 2018

    Combining bold patterns often makes me nervous in case I get it wrong, but your tips here are really useful. The black and white is wonderful!

  • Tanvi Rastogi
    June 19, 2018

    I love mixing prints. These were some great ideas. Prints and colors always look fabulous together.


  • Dev Debabrata
    June 20, 2018

    Classy & Sassy! Absolutely stunning mixing up, would love to read some posts on boys dressing as well, m sure it will be equally exciting.

  • Bianca Dottin
    June 21, 2018

    I love to mix prints and patterns. I’m a huge fan of mixing polka dots and stripes. These are some great styles.

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