The Art of Mixing Prints in Fashion
Remember the rule, you can't wear white shoes after Labor Day!?! Whatever! Lol. And the most popular rule that is definitely out the window, YOU HAVE TO MATCH! Yeaaaaa right! Matching is for amateurs! Lol. Although your fashion is limitless there is still a distinction of if you're rocking it right or not. You know what I mean!?! So this post is going to focus mainly on the art of mixing prints with style! There are a few pointers that I want to discuss to make sure my ladies are rocking this trend effortlessly!
First of all, you can have print on various items in your wardrobe- shoes, jewelry, tops, bottoms, accessories and everything in between! The most popular prints are florals, stripes, paisley, tribal, polka dots, animal print, and plaids. You can mix and match all of the above with the most popular being stripes and polka dots...with these two you can then add in the others for a perfect combo. An example would be stripes and florals! Perfection! Another example is polka dots and tribal print. Again you can mix and match all of them but the stripes and polka dots are usually the first print you want to start with. When picking out your print combo also keep in mind larger prints mixed with smaller prints will help your outfit flow.
Once you have your prints picked out, the color is also important. If you chose the print in similar colors it won't clash- basically make sure that the colors repeat themselves in your combo. It will look perfect and make so much fashion sense! And when all else fails...do what Solange does! ;) She is the Queen of Prints!
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FLORAL BLAZER X STRIPE TANK
This combo is the easiest to put together. Stripes and floral prints compliment each other so nicely. The key to this combo is pretty much like I explained in the intro- make sure the colors flow...so the black and white from this blazer blends with the black and white stripes of the tank. To make sure this entire look pulled together I also pulled other colors from the blazer...the accessories are gold but have an olive undertone, I also added a black sandal with a gold tone platform; the clutch is amazing because it adds another print to this look- its snakeskin! For the make-up I added a golden eye shadow paired with red lips and nails for a pop of color...the blazer also has a splash of red. Again, these prints aren't typically paired together but with this trend it looks amazing!
The focal point for this look is the animal print pencil skirt. You don't alway have to mixed your top and bottom with prints...you can rock a solid print top and add the additional prints with other pieces of your look. At first I did pair a plain orange top but ended up finding this tank with some added striping detail. The common color in these two pieces is the brown. So it makes sense somehow...I added more print with these amazing wedges! This look is all about earth tones so to keep up with that theme I added gold accessories and a brown leather bag!
MIXED PRINTS FROM HEAD TO TOE
This is a perfect example of mixing prints from head to toe...the key to this is definitely making sure that all the colors flow and are in each piece. I started with these printed leggings and pulled hues from them...I then found this chiffon top that has a pinkish blush type of color to it but also has some darker print like the leggings. I chose a deeper hue for the clutch which is in the same family as the pink and blush color in the top and leggings. The third bold print is the leopard ankle booties...these are really random but they have shades of brown and black that compliments the leggings. For the accessories I didn't want a bright yellow gold nor silver so I opted for a more metal type of finish! Overall, this look is definitely mixed prints but it flows in away that makes it look so stylish and fashion forward.
STRIPES WITH POPS OF NEON AND SCARF PRINT
I saved the best for last! This is my favorite look which combines lots of print and color! I actually started this look with the black and white stripped peplum top! I then found this adorable print mini skirt...I really love this skirt because this is the piece that added the bright pop of color to this entire look. Luckily I found a blazer that is almost the identical shade of yellow to add even more color! Also notice the ring too! Since there is a lot of print and color going on I decided to keep the sandals and clutch pretty simple...and finally the gold accessories and bright make-up bring this entire look together. And again...notice how the colors flow throughout...that is the key to making prints "match".