I was so wrong.
I love the look of mixed prints; it’s quirky and fun. But there’s a fine line between crazy print lady and sophisticated hipster. Let’s talk about how to mix prints without looking like a wallpaper sample book.
Stay neutral. Mixing prints in neutral tones gives an outfit texture without being too flashy. Black, white and navy are ideal shades for pattern mixing newbies.
Start with a stripe. Stripes go with virtually everything — geometric patterns, florals, polka dots. A striped tee is the perfect starting place for a pattern mix up.
Check your fit. Make sure every piece you’re wearing fits you properly; don’t let your shape get lost in the pattern. Tailored pieces are idea for print mixing; a slim silhouette foregrounds the print. Think also about your own size: Curvy girls should opt for larger prints, while petites should stick with smaller scale prints.
What prints go with what? Try similar colors and different shapes — a navy and white floral with a navy stripe, for example, or a red stripe and a red gingham. Or choose similar patterns in different colors — a navy chevron top with yellow chevron pants.
Still nervous about mixing your prints? Start small: Layer a printed scarf over a striped tee. Super easy! You can do it. I promise.