The Art & Science of Mixing Prints

Fashion can get a bit boring at times (eek! can’t believe I just said that!).  But yes, it can be, which is why it’s great to switch it up sometimes with unique silhouettes, bold colors and.. mixing prints!

I adore a great print and typically when I do shop I don’t just shop for basics, I need something that will “wow” me, and prints and patterns do just that! My closet is full of different patterns and prints and instead of just pairing them with a pair of skinny jeans or a simple white/black blouse, why not mesh them together?  Yes, this can be scary and to some might look a bit busy, but fashion is all about taking risks!  So do it! Take the risk and I promise it’ll be worth it!

Here’s a helpful guide on Pattern Mixing 101:

Common Colors


Find a common color. For example, in Olivia Palermo’s look above, notice how the navy blue trim of her skirt matches her blouse? She’s perfection, I can’t get enough of her.

Tie in Big Prints with Small Prints


It’s always best to combine a small print with a big print.  If you go with two big prints it might look a bit crazy and overdone- but then again if it looks good to you, take the risk! When choosing where to go big or small, keep in mind your body type.  In areas that you’d like to give less attention to, wear a smaller print. In areas where you’d like to show off, wear the larger print. Easy Peasy.

Leopard is a Neutral

When in doubt, go with leopard.  Please do not be afraid of this wild print.  It will be your best friend, I promise you! Pair leopard with stripes, florals, polka dots and other animal prints.  Seriously, go crazy with leopard it can instantly make you look stylish!  If you’re not ready to go so bold yet, incorporate leopard in your shoes or even in a cute clutch.  You’ll be hooked!

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