The Art of Print Mixing
A hallmark of well honed personal style is fashion confidence - a willingness to take risks for the sheer love of outfit crafting. Print or pattern mixing is a perfect example of fashion confidence. For many women the thought of mixing multiple patterns in a single outfit is daunting - what if you look like a clown?
If you stick to a few key pattern mxing formulas, I promise you can pull off a print mix, and amp up your fashion confidence in the process.
Print Mixing 101: Balance and Scale
The trick to mixing prints without looking like a walking mistake is to understand balance and scale. If the scale of your prints is proportional and they share a complementary palette, the outfit will always work. Bonus points if fabric weight is equally harmonious.
In the outfit above both prints share a navy blue base color, white elements and a delicate scale. The texture and drape of the fabric is also harmonious.
Pro Tip: To anchor a multicolor print mix, opt for neutral bags and shoes
5 Fool Proof Print Mixing Formulas
Still apprehensive? Dip your toe in print mixing with these 5 fool proof formulas.
#1 Black and White
The simplest and most effective way to mix prints is to stick to a black and white palette. Graphic and straight forward, literally any print combination in this most basic of color duos will work. Add a pop of color with your bag or shoes.
#2 Same Accent Color
Another sure fire pattern play is to select two garments that share the same base or accent color. For beginners, stick to a two color pattern in both pieces. If you are feeling bold, amp it up but ensure that both garments share one prominent color.
#3 Stripes, Dots & Leopard Are Neutral
These three timeless patterns are the print equivalent of a classic white tee shirt. Pair together or with any other pattern, in any other color and you are safe.
Trust me, it works.
#4 Graphic Tee + Patterned Bottom
I love this look. IMO graphic top or novelty tee = pattern. Pair with a print bottom for a simple, fool proof combo that is youthful, fun and fresh.
#5 Act As If
When in doubt, my most effective print mixing trick (and one every woman has at her disposal) is to act as if my outfit works. Why? When you walk with fashion confidence, people assume you know something they don't.
And just like that you do.
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