Jun 06 2017

A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Prints

by Back on the Racks in General

Our Fun Take on Mixing Prints 

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Depending on your age, you may have grown up with the understanding that mixing prints is a Mixing Prints fashion faux pas. Generations of young girls were taught that you never mixed stripes and checks, florals and geometrical shapes, and it was forbidden to even think about combining plaids with anything.

The reality is that this thinking is outdated. In fact, it was not accurate at the time, as fashion designers were mixing prints even decades ago, it was just less commonly seen in the typical clothing that women selected and wore.

Today, mixing prints is a fun, fashionable and perfectly correct way to show your fashion-forward style. It is important to keep in mind that not all patterns and prints make the best matches and it can be very easy to have too much of a good thing.

To help you to get started, here are some general guidelines to matching prints. Try starting out in your comfort zone and then, once you feel confident, try bolder prints and patterns and see what works.

Colors Count

It is important to choose not just the print but also the colors that match with the items you wish to pair. For example, if you are going to wear a print on the bottom that is black and white, you can match it with just about any other print on the top as black and white in checks or stripes is very complimentary with other colors.

Pastels colors in stripes will match with pastel colors in plaids if they are the same shade or tone. For example, pale blue stripes will match with a pale pink plaid but would look washed out with a hot pink plaid. Think of color families when choosing prints that will work together. Another easy technique is to make sure the two patterns have the same colors or at least one dominant color that is the same.

Similar Pattern

Choosing two of the same types of prints in complimentary colors is another look. For example, if you have a floral blouse, pair it with a floral skirt. Pairing one geometrical pattern with another is another great look and it tends to compliment both patterns rather than becoming a distraction.

Print Scale

Ideally, choose one large print and the rest of the outfit will be in small print. Consider which piece you want to be the center of the focus and choose that for the big print. Think of a really big and bold colored floral shirt paired with a black and white hounds tooth checked skirt or trousers.

Another very hot look is to have the same pattern in multiple sizes. Remember, the focus will be on the larger print, so use that to accentuate the top or the bottom depending on the look you want.

Add A Solid

If you feel there is too much going on that is too close to each other, look for a solid layered component. For example, a white t-shirt with a larger patterned open blouse will work with patterned pants and skirt.

A solid, wide belt is also a good way to transition from one pattern to another from the top to the bottom. For shirts and jackets, choose a solid scarf that just gives the little break to the look for the same effect.

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