How To Mix Prints and Patterns for Summer

Mixing Prints and Patterns

There’s a strong possibility that the following fashion “rule” is ingrained in your brain: don’t mix prints and patterns.

Stripes don’t go with florals, animal prints shouldn’t be mixed with polka dots, and in no way should you wear plaid with anything other than a neutral.

Well, guess what?

For Summer ‘19, that old rule is getting thrown out the window, and we’re embracing all things print mixing!

Yes, you read that correctly: it’s time to go wild with all the playful prints and trendy patterns that you can get your hands on.

But how do you combine prints and patterns in a way that doesn’t have you looking too dramatic?

No worries, we’ve got you covered for all your print and pattern mixing needs.

Next time you want to experiment with combining prints and patterns, try following some of these tips and tricks.

Go for similar tones

Similar Tones
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Since you’re already combining two prints, we recommend staying in the same color family.

For example, if you’re mixing polka dots and stripes, look for prints that are in the same blue color grouping, rather than throwing in hot pink or electric green.

If you stay in the same tonal range, the look will likely feel more put-together.

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Stay subtle

Stay Subtle
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If you’re not exactly confident with this trend, but you still want to give it a try, we suggest starting slow by mixing in a print with your accessories.

For example, opt for your favorite printed footwear with a floral skirt, or throw on your cheetah print handbag with a polka dot dress.

Remember: print mixing doesn’t have to just come in the form of clothing. Accessories count too.

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Opt for neutrals when mixing prints

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Another way to make mixing prints more wearable is to keep everything else in your outfit relatively neutral.

You’re already being bold with your print mixing, so there’s no need to get too wild by adding in an additional color.

Black, white, or even chambray, as shown above, are excellent color options for when you experiment with print mixing.

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Invert the colors/try black and white

Black and White
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We love the chic feel of this look. Simply invert the colors when print mixing, and you can get this look yourself.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to do just black and white, but we guarantee you won’t fail when using such classic colors.

Play with scale

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And lastly, for those of you who feel confident with this trend, we adore the idea of playing with scale.

Simply take the same pattern, but find two separate pieces that are done on a small scale and one on a large scale.

For example, above, we see a thin stripe paired with a thick stripe for a bold and playful look.

So, which of these print and pattern mixing tips will you incorporate into your own wardrobe?

While we know this might not be a trend for everyone, we’ve got a feeling that once you try it out for yourself, you’ll see the appeal of mixing prints and patterns.

Who’s with us?

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