Blazer- Patterson J. Kincaid, Shorts- Ted Baker, Blouse- Aqua, Cocktail Ring- Chloe + Isabel, Necklace- Bitz of Glitz, Beaded Bracelet- Aquamarine Collection, Shoes- Giuseppe Zanotti, Sunglasses- Diane Von Furstenberg
When it comes to risky trends, the art of mixing prints is at the top of the Intimidating List. The good news is, once you master the art of mixing, your options for potential outfits in your closet will wildly increase. Since we were kids we’ve been practicing the skill of matching, so while it may take some time to build up the courage to start pairing the unexpected, I promise it’s worth the challenge. From leopard to floral, to the printed pieces already in your wardrobe, all you have to do is start mixing…
- Start bold. The first step to building your ensemble is finding the star piece, whether it be a loud floral skirt or a leopard printed blazer, use this piece as your jumping off point.
- Mixing polka dots and stripes is one of the easiest ways to achieve a mixed look. For those of you who are still a bit weary these are the patterns for you. Stick with black and white for a classically chic ensemble and add a dash of color with a killer bag or pair of heels.
- Choose a color family. Similar colors and palettes will help blend your prints, while still making a statement. If your pieces don’t share a color within their respected prints, similar backgrounds, like brown, black, white, or grey, become extra important.
- Scale is key. Once you have your larger, bold print, be sure to pair it with a smaller, less dominate print. Two prints of equal scale will give your ensemble an overwhelming appearance and could be unpleasing to the eye.
- Avoid three. I always suggest limiting your mixing to two patterns. You don’t want to go overboard. If your look calls for a third piece, go with a white blouse or a simple cardigan to tone down your prints.
- Accessorize accordingly. The right accessories can be the key to breaking up your ensemble. Try using solid colored items to tie your ensemble together like an oversized clutch or a belt.
- Try texture. If you’re too nervous to mix your prints, try a more subtle approach by mixing different textured pieces, like a ruffled blouse with a lace skirt.
Below are some examples of how to rock mixed prints and patterns:
Mixed Prints for Date Night
1. LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Top ($25) 2. Sunglasses ($260) 3. Daniel Beige Dappy Women’s Envelope Clutch Bag ($99.99) 4. Dorothy Perkins Belt ($9) 5. LC Lauren Conrad Stud Earrings ($10.50) 6. Leopard Shorts ($622) 7. Cocktail Ring ($245) 8. Dorothy Perkins Wedges ($69) 9. Ricki Prism Cube Cuff ($20)
Casual Mixed Prints
1. LC Lauren Conrad Maxi Skirt ($40.50) 2. RED Florrie Sunglasses ($59) 3. Nelly Sleeveless Blouse ($46.95) 4. Printed Scarf ($135) 5. Bitz of Glitz Earrings ($28) 6. Steve Madden Sandals ($59.95) 7. Stella & Dot Cocktail Ring ($54) 8. Fossil Across Body Handbag ($178)
Mixed Prints for Work
1.LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Skirt ($28) 2. TopShop Blazer ($130) 3. Equipment Python Top ($240.62) 4. Chinese Laundry Heels ($114.99) 5. Poshlocket Crystal Drop Earrings ($30) 6. Poshlocket Double Stack Ring ($20) 7. River Island Sunglasses ($13) 8. Antonia Padlock Satchel ($55.50) 9. Sky Jumper Necklace ($40)
What are some of your favorite prints to mix?
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