How to Mix Prints

February 19, 2015



I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to take fashion risks when the mood strikes.  Experimenting with unique silhouettes, interesting color combos, or mixing prints is exciting and keeps you on your styling toes, so to speak.  If you are new to mixing prints I’ve compiled some tips on how to get started below (a few pics down).

What I will say about taking fashion risks is that you need TWO things to pull them off (maybe there are more, but I’m going with two).  The first being fit.  Clothes NEED to fit well to look good.  That doesn’t mean pieces can’t be oversized, but it needs to be deliberate while still maintaining a flattering shape and silhouette.  The second key element is confidence!  Yes, you need to feel good, hold your held high and own that look.  I’ve seen so many people pull off combinations that I thought were impossible and not only did they pull it off but were jaw dropping fabulous!  Half the time it is because of their incredible creativity, but I suspect the other half is because of the confidence they exude when they rock some crazy (good) combos.


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Here are some tips on how to mix prints successfully:

  • Match Colors.   When mixing prints one print should act as a neutral.  Black and white are the easiest colors to use as the neutral print since many prints use them as a background.
  • Find Commonality.   Find patterns that are complementary without being too matchy-matchy.  The look should feel cohesive.
  • Texture Counts.  The simplest way to mix prints is to wear a textured fabric such as tweed as one of the prints.  A striped or colorblocked top with a tweed skirt would work beautifully together.
  • Mix Classic Prints.  Stripes, plaids, polka dots, and animal prints are all classic prints and are perfect for acting as the neutral.  Try pairing a striped top with a floral skirt for a modern look.
  • Play with Scale.  Pair small scale with large scale prints that are very similar in pattern and color.


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Blazer: Veronica Beard (similar)

Shirt: Marissa Webb

Jeans: RtA

Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar and similar)

Bag: Givenchy

Bracelet: Geoffrey Scott

Ring: Geoffrey Scott, Vita Fede


Thanks For visiting! xoxo Erica


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  • Reply Aimee February 20, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Always lovely! Thanks for the tips !!

  • Reply Kate February 20, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Great tips and awesome look!
    Love the way you’ve updated comments section. It would be nice for us to have it the same way 🙂

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