Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration
Posted on January 26, 2016

style challenge: how to mix prints

fashion

For today’s style post, I’m sharing my thoughts on how to mix prints. This is a common style challenge, but anyone can pull off mixing prints in a single outfit!

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

Pattern Mixing Winter Fashion Style Inspiration

| shirt (old, similar here, maternity version here) | vest (on sale but in few sizes, similar here) | leggings sneakers (sold out, but very similar ones here) | statement necklace | sunglasses |          | handbag (no longer available, I would totally splurge on this one or this one though!) |

Although I’m the first to say that I am not the most daring when it comes to my style choices, I have come to appreciate the style challenge of mixing prints and patterns. Here are some tips that I tend to apply to myself when I feel inspired to mix prints (side note: usually I will stick to two different prints in one outfit, but that is just a personal choice…if you want to add more to the mix, go for it!):

1. If the prints don’t match, make sure at least one color does.  Whether you’re mixing gingham with florals, polka dots with plaid, or buffalo check with stripes like I did here, I always find that the combination blends better when their is a matching color between the prints.  So for instance the color I have that matches between these two prints is black.

2. Combine one big print with one smaller print.  I prefer to mix my prints so that there is just enough contrast to stand out, yet not be so bold that it seems like my outfit is screaming for attention.  So instead of mixing two tiny prints (which might look like I accidentally mismatched my clothes) or two big bold prints (LOOK AT ME!!), I tend to lean towards mixing one bigger print (like these stripes) with a smaller print (the buffalo check).

3. Leopard print is a neutral – it goes with anything.  Jenna Lyons (the creative mastermind behind J.Crew) had it right when she said that “leopard is a neutral”.  Don’t be afraid to mix leopard print with the other prints in your outfit.  The easiest way to do this is with accessories (i.e. shoes, scarves, bags).

4. Above all else, if you really love it wear it.  Don’t let rules stop you from wearing what you want to wear.  Confidence makes anyone look their best, so wear what you want and mix as few (or as many) prints as you want and own it!

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

xo, Sara

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