How to Mix & Match Prints

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that the old “rules” of style have gone out the window. One rule that is especially outdated is the one about not mixing prints. Modern style now favors cool looks that involve multiple patterns all in the same look. Mixing prints is a surefire way to elevate your street style to the next level. Here are tips and tricks to rocking the mixed print look.

Your patterns don’t have to be an exact match, but they do still have to have a unifying element. This is usually either color or style. If the colors don’t clash, usually the prints can come together for a cool outfit. Alternately, you may want to choose two different complementary colors in the same pattern—for example, similar floral prints. You can also pair different patterns within the same theme and color scheme—like black and white animal prints, where you mix a cheetah pattern with a zebra one.

The prints should complement one another – not compete. You want one print to dominate visually. The simpler the prints, the easier they are to mix, which is why stripes and polka dots seem to go with everything. Mix your stripe sizes and colors for a boho look that stands out. Go for big polka dots for a vintage vibe or small dots for a more preppy look

If you feel like your outfit is starting to get too messy or busy, you can add a visual break in your look. Try wearing a solid color in between prints to strike a balance. If your jacket and skirt are both prints, wear a solid colored top. Don't forget about complementary accessories! Wearing a print in the form of an accessory (like your shoes and bag) lets you get more creative with how you mesh your look. When in doubt, go for neutral colors like black, white, or tan in your prints. Neutrals are a safe choice and can help tone down a bold outfit. And lastly, always remember: the most important thing to add to your mixed print outfit is confidence!

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