Out of all crazy trends, mixing prints might be the trickiest. Once a “faux-pas” and now a super star, only thinking about mixing two different patterns makes you see stars. But here’s a good news: you do not need a PHd in fashion to master the art of mixing prints like a real pro. So does animal print go with florals? Certainly, yes! But it depends on which animal print and which florals. So here are 5 simple rules to guide you through this “science”:
1. Don’t mix prints. Mix colours
Make sure your chosen colours look good together. If they do, then chances are your prints will harmoniously complement each other. That being said, chose either the same range of colours, or complementary shades (which are opposite on the colour pallette).
2. Same print, different colours
Mixing the same print in different colours will give an extremely fine and exquisite look and will probably make you the star of the party. Just don’t forget about rule no.1, and make sure your colours look good together.
3. Same print, different sizes
Just imagine, a poplin shirt in small gingham under a cotton jumpsuit in the same but bigger gingham. Or maybe play with the sizes of your stripes, like Olivia Palermo oftenly does? You choose it, but I promise this mix & match is nothing else but a success!
4. Follow your intuition
There is one simple law that I swear to and you should too: look in the mirror! As primitive as it sounds, it is the key. Just look at yourself, do you like what you see? Or does it grate on your eye? If the answer is yes to the latter, then you definitely need to change. If, however, you do look harmoniously and as antagonistic as they might be, your mixing prints do not bother your eyes, then put your smiling face on and you are free to go.
5. Attitude is key
Maybe I should have started with this one. If you are not comfortable with people looking at you and being in the spotlight, then you should give this idea up. For wearing mixing prints, you need a strong attitude and a quite exuberant personality. You will be noticed if you feel constrained wearing bold outfits, and that will most probably make you look ridiculous.
Now that I am done with all this pleading, here are some pictures of a daring mix & match outfit. The skirt was already bold, as it has three different prints on it. So it would have been easier to put a simple shirt on top. But it would have been too foreseeable. And then, it would have stolen from the entire allure of the skirt. So I put a floral top and a headband in the same print. Because after an earlier post, we all loved socks with sandals, I put them on repeat. So here is what I got. Do tell me what you think in the comments below.
Outfit details: Zara skirt, & Other Stories shirt and headband, Zara sandals
Great and absolutely stylish outfit!
Beautiful! You look stunning!
The colours and prints here are lovely x
These are great rules! Thanks for the tips! You look incredible!
I love mixing prints!!!
That is cool!
you are crushing the pattern play game! Love it!
Que Sera Sahra
This is beyond beautiful! The quality of the photos is stunning and they tell an amazing story! The colour of your eyes is popping and I love the shirt and head band on you! The colour and print works wonderfully with your complexion! Now, I must admit, I’m not one for wearing prints let alone mix them, however you have inspired me to really step out of my comfort zone and give wearing and mixing prints a go. You are proof that it can look stunning!
Oh, thank you, Isabella. Can’t wait to see your outfit 😉 .
This is great! I just love mixing prints!
Now that’s a fab and fun way to do mixing prints! I absolutely love your picks, especially the top. Such a lovely print.
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That top looks amazing!Love your style:-)
Glad you do, Olga!
Great post looks so nice i love
Love the mixed prints, its such a cute outfit!
Thank you, Anika!
love the print play! so fun
I’m such a huge fan of mix prints. This look is fabulous!! xx
Me too! Thank you, Chiara!
Absolutely stunning doll. Love your look. SO PERFECT!
Thanks for sharing!
Much love, Len
Thank you, Len!
Some really helpful style tips here and you totally nailed the print mixing in this look!
Thank you, Emily!
Mixing prints can be SO much fun and look insanely stylish when done well! You look so gorgeous in this striking and dramatic outfit 🙂
Thanks a lot, Gabrielle!
Such a cool idea, i need to try this 🙂
– Lily Kanaya –
Do that! 😀
Cool pics… my girlfriend has to see this, thank you!
Definitely show it to her then ;). Thanks!
This look works so well. It makes be think of bohemian summers in the tropics. So pretty
Thank you, Dora!
Your outfit is absolutely amazing. I like how you paired these different patterns.
The styling of this outfit is insanely awesome Corina!
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