By Christina Marino
Our moms always told us not to mix prints, but as we know in fashion rules are always broken. Mixing prints is one of the more difficult trends to pull off. You don’t want to be caught looking like you blindly reached into your closet and went on your merry way. Stick to a rule to follow, like a color scheme, or if one item is graphic keep the other subdued. Here are four different looks to help lead you into the mismatched unknown:
Graphic prints are best with subtle or dramatic geometric accents. Blending bold stripes or white hot shoes allows for a cohesive and stylish look.
Graphic Floral Dress, $46; pixiemarket.com
J.Crew Collection stripe python jacket, $3,200; jcrew.com
James Perse Birkenstock Women’s Arizona Suede Sandal, $89; jamesperse.com
By following the same color palette, blending patterns isn’t as scary. Stick with black and white with an accent color to start and blend thick and thin designs so that the look isn’t overpowering.
Only Peplum Short Sleeved Blouse, $30; only.com
Jaeger Zig Zag Pencil Skirt, Black /Ivory, $255; johnlewis.com
Nibbly Bits Silicone Flat Stackable Bangle, $14; designeronline.com.au
Forever New Lucy Ankle Strap Heel, $69; forevernew.com.au
Polka dots are a great base when it comes to mixing prints. It compliments a loud design like bright florals for a fun mix of mediums. Throw on some hot red lipstick and you’re ready to go.
Shop Glamorous Polka Dot Top in White Online At DV8, $34; dv8fashion.com
Forever New Portia printed pant, $75; forevernew.com.au
Rouge Pure Couture Pure Color Lipstick, $35; yslbeautyus.com
Lattice Loafer, $285; zimmermannwear.com
Stripes are another excellent base print for your mismatch look. Stick with thin stripes when mixing with graphic prints to avoid the dreaded clashing.
Leaves Printed Round-neck Pullover Tank, $22; blackfive.com
Sophie Hulme Shorts, $450; thecorner.com
Kate Spade New York Henry Lane Emmy Cross Body Bag – Ostrich Egg, $378; shopbop.com
Lipsy Enamel Bangle Pack, $24; lipsy.co.uk
Coco Sandal, $220; hobbs.co.uk