Mixing prints is not as difficult a trend to pull of as you might think, and when done right, can look thoughtful, fashion-forward and fresh. There are just a few things to remember to make sure you don’t end up looking like a frazzled mess. To help, I compiled some sartorial inspiration and tips for specific pattern pairings. Grab those florals, stripes, dots and leopards, ladies, we’re mixing prints today!
Last week, Refinery29 posted an article asking if Olivia Palermo can make floral + leopard happen – and while Olivia is, as always, amazing inspiration, I’d insist that floral + leopard was already happening! A floral dress with leopard bag or shoes, floral shirt or floral pants and leopard shoe, or floral skirt and leopard cardigan or sweater work perfectly. In fact, I had this covered back in 2010!
Stripes + floral is another easy mix of prints. A floral skirt and striped shirt, or even a striped tank and floral cardigan, can be a perfect combo. Let the floral piece make the statement and keep the stripes simple to be sure.
I love leopard + polka dots. Essentially, leopard acts as a neutral (remember this, always), so isn’t tough to mix with other prints, like dots or florals.
Stripes on stripes are pretty easy to pull off too – pair thin stripes with thicker ones for a foolproof look. Keep them on top or be bold and pair a top with a skirt.
Whether they’re graphic, animal or watercolor prints, you can still throw them in the mix. Just put together pieces in a similar color or mood – maybe one more neutral and another more bold or contrasting. And if you need to, tie it together with a belt or neutral accessories. Or throw caution to the wind and wear whatever prints you like! You know what they say – if you obey all the “rules,” you miss all the fun (or at least, so says Katharine Hepburn).