How To Mix Prints Without Looking Like You Got Dressed In The Dark

by CB Blog Team on October 18, 2012

One of the big trends this Fall season is mixing prints. This trend can be very fun and brings some attitude into any outfit. It kind of let’s the out the creative side in you, but mixing patterns can be a tricky business. It also kind of walks of the line of confusion – leaving people left to wonder if you did it on purpose, or if you just didn’t check yourself before you went out the door. And I like that – to keep people guessing. I refer to that as ‘fashion allure.’ But, there is a fine line between chic and disaster, especially when it comes to mixing prints; so here are a few guidelines to use when ¬†putting together your outfit. But remember, I believe should not have any set rules because it is a type of self expression, so don’t let these guidelines tie you down. Think of them more as guidelines to follow while you master the mixed print.

1. Make sure your prints are in the same color family. This doesn’t mean that they have to be the same color, but I recommend having them fall into the same tone. For example, if your bottom is a bright floral pattern, your top should be a bright pattern. This will help the patterns ¬†blend together instead of creating stark contrast between designs. Again, it doesn’t have to be the same color – just similar so that the outfit flows well together. You will notice below that all three of the outfits follow the same tone, while the patterns are distinctly different. In the first outfit, the skirt is a bright floral, so it looks great with the bright blue polka dot sweater. The outfit in the middle has a cohesive warm tone outfit. The last outfit follows a similar floral pattern with large flowers and warm tones.

 

2. Commit to the outfit. If you are at all nervous or a little self conscious about your new style, DON”T WEAR IT! This is the type of trend that you have to commit to fully, or you will just look ridiculous. A popular sports saying, ‘go big or go home,’ is definitely applicable here. I feel like the more contrast in the outfit, the better it looks. The contrast brings an edge to it, and willleave people watching you, long after you have walked away.

One of my favorite combinations of patterns is florals and stripes – for some reason I think it looks extremely sophisticated. So I put together an outfit below to help get your creative juices flowing!


1. Forever21 3/4 Sleeve Striped Top
2. ModCloth Button To See Here Skirt
3. Target Mali Tassel Flat
4. Forever21 Studded Bow Waist Belt

 

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