It’s easy to dismiss mixing and matching prints as too intimidating – after all, how are you supposed to know what’s “cute-clashing” and what’s just plain clashing? Well, it may be easier than you think! Sleek, solid-print outfits will always be chic, but pattern-mixing is so fun and definitely a way for you to show your creative side. Just follow these tips, and soon you’ll be mixing prints like a pro. (Keep in mind: you don’t need to follow all these tips at once – try one or a couple at a time and have fun experimenting!)
Start with Stripes
If you’ve never mixed and matched patterns before, I have one word for you: stripes. Stripes (especially in black and white, or navy and white) are the easiest pattern to mix in with other patterns and look especially great with florals and other bright prints. Try switching out your white and black tops for stripes – you might be surprised at how it can pull an outfit together.
If you’re new to mixing prints, one of the easiest ways to get started is to pick a color family (like purples and pinks) and pair patterns together that fall into that category.
Once you get the hang of that, try branching out and pairing pieces in complementary, or opposite, colors together (such as something orange with something blue), like in the photo below. If you’re confused as to which colors go with which, simply consult the color wheel! Complementary colors lie across from one another on the circle.
To keep your outfit from looking too overwhelming, try keeping one print larger and the other smaller and less dominant.
If you’re layering on prints but starting to feel like it might be getting a little too crazy, simply neutralize with an accessory or two. One easy way to do this is to match your purse or other accessory to one of the main colors found in your prints, like in the photo above. Another way to neutralize is to fall back on the basics, and choose accessories in the classic black, white, gray or nude tones. Both of these techniques tie your outfit together and give it a polished, put-together look.
Above all else, have fun and don’t take it too seriously! Your style is a reflection of you, so don’t be afraid to play around with patterns and textures and get a little crazy
Do you ever mix and match patterns? Upload a picture of yourself to your profile and leave the link here – I might feature you in a future Member Spotlight post!