Mixing prints can be a fun way to make a statement, but you want to be sure you’re sending across the right message. Your outfit is most often the first translator between you and the rest of the world, and sometimes what could have been a great look is easily spoiled by one mishap. So here’s a quick list of simple Do’s and Don’ts to avoid a mixing mess when trying to communicate your stylish statement.
Don’t overdo your print mixing. Flowers and animal prints are great patterns, but not necessarily in the same outfit.
Do keep things from getting out of control by sticking to simple accessories. Bold patterns need subdued side pieces so as not to overpower the look altogether.
Don’t go for small and busy patterns together. This looks messy and unkempt. One bold, graphic element will work better to pull your outfit together.
Do stick with a neutral palette. Hypnotic floral patterns mixed with multicolour polka dots are best left for Halloween. Instead, opt for a colour scheme that’s more sedate and versatile; try bold black and white.
Don’t fear a little bit of clash. The key to mixing and matching different prints is to test how far you can go without crossing the line. The best way to go about this is to have two different prints in your outfit balanced out with a solid colour.
Do go graphic. Michelle Obama’s lacy patterned L’Wren Scott cardigan and floral Talbots blouse was a big hit because it was offset by geometric dots-and-stripes print of her full length skirt.
Don’t forget about the material. You may have the ultimate print combo in cotton, linen or chiffon, but looking great and staying warm can go hand in hand for the cooler months ahead. Rich satin and plush cashmere are great ways to mix summertime prints like floral patterns with wintertime conditions.
Do add a pop. Incorporating one non-matching colour into the mix can be a stylish way to break up an otherwise neutral look. For example, a black and white outfit is made complete with a red belt or neon yellow shoe.