How to Wear: Mixed Prints

How to Wear: Mixed Prints

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…

How to Wear: Mixed Prints
How to Wear: Mixed Prints

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

How to Wear: Mixed Prints

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

How to Wear: 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

How to Wear: Mixed Prints

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?

P.S. I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be judging a Pinterest contest for College Lifestyles Magazine. The prize is an awesome gift basket full of goodies so don’t forget to enter. I can’t wait to check out all of your boards!

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  • Shellz

    Gr8 post! Anna’s style is classic!Love love! BTw is anyone interested in a MAC Cosmetics Give-away:

  • Melissa Panici

    Love the post Anna! I’m very shy about mixing and matching prints so I don’t do it often if at all. Thank you for the tips though because this makes it a little easier to try!

  • Bunhead

    omg, Anna. You look stunning. How did I miss this post from earlier today? This is one of my favorite outfits. Gorg!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Love this!! I love mixing stripes w/polka dots, as well! I also like to mix prints with muted colors. Maybe a skirt or shirt w/a monochromatic theme, but has very understated print, just the same, with a bold skirt with very obvious print. I also love mixing funky florals & stripes ;0) Love your posts!

  • Leanne

    That last look is my favourite! Definitely something I would wear.

    Love from South Africa

  • Michelle LaPorte

    Amazing look Anna!! Print mixing is something I have not dared to try yet but I love it!!

    XO Michelle

  • Amy Breckenridge

    love the mixed prints for date night! the color palette is so me :) great post, anna!


  • Rachel Trampel

    GREAT post Anna! This is such good advice and really helps for mixing patterns! The only time I mix more than two is when two of the patterns are the same… for example I wore my black and white striped tee with my coral and white striped blazer with a tribal print scarf that had lots of shades and brought all the colors together. It is definitely tricky, but I agree to try to stick to two!

    Rachel“”>Rachel’s Lookbook

  • T Girl

    Amazing post, Anna. Great tips and you look beautiful as always.

  • Holly Gaspari

    Finally a post about how mixing prints is fun and easy! I feel like most girls shy away from the look, but I absolutely love it. Great post, thanks!

  • Cheyenne Weimer

    I want these shorts. How do you always manage to look so stylish? The bun is a great add on

  • Petra Zeller

    amazing post and great tips. I love to mixing polka dots and stripes. I really love that.

    xo, Petra < ---take a look ;-)

  • Amber Welles

    Anna that blazer is a show stopper. Great advice. I hope you had a fab weekend.

  • Deanne Castro

    Great looks!

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  • Melissa LaRose

    Love these looks!!! I would probably try out all of them, but the last is definitely my favorite!

    I did a similar post HERE :)

    <3 Melissa

  • Kelby Peachey

    Another amazing post Anna! I absolute love reading all about your tips! Thanks for making everything so clean, easy, and simple!


  • Joanne Pitkin

    Love the last outfit and the leopard skirt on the first one! Great choices.


  • Varsi Stockwell

    Beuatiful post, Anna. I love all the outfits you made. I could see myself in each of them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Sarah Lawson

    Awesome post, Anna. Cray cray helpful. I love the chain necklace. Where is it from?

  • lady C

    pretty, I loved the date night outfit.

    -Lady C

  • Cassidy Short

    LOVE the current mixed prints trends!! Daring yet so chic :)



  • GraceyCleo

    The day night look is super stylish and cute. Great tips, Anna. <3

  • Rebecca Bakofsky

    The casual mixed print is perfect for school in the city!! love this, thank you!!

  • Leslie Arriaza

    I love that blazer Anna! This is an awesome post! I’ve always been afraid to mix patterns. But I will def try it out now!!

  • Micaela Luis

    Love the casual mixed prints. Cute & comfy! :-)

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    love the date night and work outfits! Thanks Anna!!

  • Rachel Shubitowski

    Love that blazer with the snake print! Too cute!!


  • Linh Ly

    great post! I love all the outfits you put together and the one you’re wearing! would totally wear all these outfits!


  • Shannon H

    Amazing post as always, Anna. And congrats on the pick up. I think it’s safe to say we all saw that coming! Hope they’re treating you well.

  • Carol S

    I totally love your blog your awesome!


  • Ally Powell

    Just read the good news on your blog, Anna. I feel like a proud big sister. Can’t wait for your line and book… give us a hint when it’ll all be happening????

  • Francesca Rizzo

    Weary means tired, wary means unsure.

  • Victoria s

    thx for the tips doll. And i love this outfit ! Very well put together:)“”>

  • Cori Heckmann

    Love the look you are wearing! Great post!

  • Beauty to Sparkle

    Great tips! Whenever I wear a print or pattern, I wear it as my statement piece and work everything else around it. My tip is to just rock it and you then will truly shine :)

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  • kristen michelle

    Loving your mixed prints for date night! Now I just have to get the fiance to take me out…

    xo, KMHM

  • Hark

    The dress looks very unique….

  • Alero Arafiena


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