A Beginner’s Guide to Mixing Prints

Let’s tackle another so-called faux pas: mixing prints. Who says you can’t mix stripes with florals or one type of gingham with another?

Now let’s be clear…there are definitely some guidelines to follow so that you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark. Read my go-to rules below and check out my print-mixing inspiration from the pre-fall 2014 collections:

  1. Don’t go crazy: Start off slow and try to keep patterns in the same color realm.
  2. Keep the proportions of you patterns in mind: Mix a micro print, or even a textured tweed, with a bolder macro print to tone down your printed ensemble.
  3. Treat stripes as a neutral: Stripes look terrific with a texture, a floral, or even a check. You could even try mixing one stripe with another if you’re feeling super bold, but keep in mind the pointers above.
Narciso Rodriguez kept this look simple, using only black and white. The prints are both so simple, but the change of scale in each makes them work really well together.Gucci-07This look from Gucci makes print-mixing look like a classic. Using the most timeless of color schemes, and styling the look with simple black pants, loafers, and a hat, allows the prints to work well together, despite their being totally different patterns.Thakoon-Addition-01

Thakoon is my ultimate print-mixing guru. This Thakoon Addition look perfectly pairs a bold plaid with an abstract floral. Attempting this particular mix is not for the faint of heart, but the tie-in of color and contrast of an abstract print with a graphic one makes Thakoon’s look impeccable.

Whether you’re trying print mixing or just want to add a printed top or pants to your neutral wardrobe, check out some great winter style below that you can shop right now!

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