Though may be outlandish and uncomfortable at first, mixing prints is one of the best things about style to have fun with your looks, to be different, and to catch people’s attention. If you’re looking for inspiration about mixing prints, let’s scoop some tricks from Atlantic Pacific style blogger Blair Eadie who is an expert on giving a spin on classic fashion pieces that convey individuality and style.
If it’s your first time to wear mix prints, start small by mixing same prints in the same color that may be in different sizes like wider stripes with narrower stripes, small polka dots with big polka dots, and small checks with big checks. By maintaining the same shade and similar prints, you’re keeping the harmony and polish of your outfit. Blair simply opted for a striped full skirt in midi length and paired it with a striped sweater in the same shade that created a chic and sophisticated outfit.
To add some flair in your looks, you may still mix the same prints in the same color but in different directions. For instance, Blair creatively paired her vertical striped top with a diagonal striped skirt, and her checkered top with a slanting checkered skirt that created a dimensional and interesting outfit. Also, you may go for other geometric prints that are fashionable as long as you pair two geometric patterns that go in different directions to completely look put-together and creative.
Incorporate colors to your look by mixing same prints in contrasting colors. Two different colors are completely contrasting and different adding some interest to your looks but still look put-together. Like Blair, you can simply pair your green gingham skirt with a red gingham coat, or a green-and-blue striped top with a black-and-white striped skirt. But, if wearing two contrasting colors is too much for you to wear, go for one color in varying hues like a bright red with something that’s a deeper, richer, hue of red to turn heads and be just subdued enough.
When it comes to mixing prints, you may start pairing regular geometric patterns like polka dots or checks with your striped ensemble to look polished. Stripes and polka dots combination, as well as stripes and checks combination are a tried and true staple. Like Blair, feel free whether you wish to go for contrasting or analogous color that brings fun to your style.
If you wish to wear irregular prints like floral, baroque prints, snake prints, abstract prints, novelty prints, or even tribal prints, go for a striped ensemble to pair with them. This way, you’re making the stripes pattern as your neutral piece. Like Blair, you may creatively pair your striped dress with a floral blazer, or a striped sweater with a baroque print skirt.
If you feel adventurous to mix opposing prints together, you may wear a solid colored accessory or ensemble between the opposing prints to neutralize it. Whether a belt, scarf, coat, jacket, or even layers, adding a solid colored ensemble tames the wild and loud prints from clashing unattractively. As what you’ve learned from Blair Eadie’s style, mixing prints and patterns can look chic and creative with a touch of your personality and good sense of style.