Mixing prints is one of my go-to tricks for keeping a look visually interesting. However, print mixing must be done with care. Mix the wrong prints, and you risk becoming a fashion disaster.
Mixing different prints within the same outfit is nothing new. It has become commonplace both on the runways and in street style. In fact, I mixed stripes and florals in one of the first looks I featured here back in early 2015.
In order to avoid a visit from the fashion police, just follow these two cardinal rules for mixing prints:
2 Cardinal Rules
1. Stick with the same scale
Here, I was able to combine not two but three prints successfully due in large part to the prints being similar in size. If the floral print was a tiny, dainty size, it wouldn’t have worked with this fairly thick stripes and medium-sized dots. If the scale of prints isn’t similar, the look is disrupted and one print will dominate inordinately.
2. Connect with color
The second reason I was able to make florals + stripes + dots all work together is that there is one color that flows throughout the patterns. In this case, the unifying color is black. You can spot it on the shoes, the skirt, and even the as an accent on the floral top. I then tied it all together with black sunglasses and a bag accented in black.
Does that make sense? If so, congratulations! You just received the equivalent of a high school diploma in print mixing with just those two easy tips.
Would you like to continue your print mixing education? Here are three of the best resources from around the web for getting that advanced degree:
Bonus for today: Both this shirt and this skirt are frugal finds! The striped skirt is right around $100 while the floral top is less than $50 (with code “GREATSALE”). Even the polka dot shoes are on sale for about $150! The pieces are affordable while still maintaining great quality.
To shop even more frugal finds that will help take you from summer to fall, be sure to check out our roundup of the top 20 transitional pieces here. All pieces are less than $150. Most are far less than that!
Shop My Look
J.Crew top (on sale with extra 30% off with code “GREATSALE”) | Topshop skirt (here and here) | Semilla heels | Bao Bao Issey Miyake tote | David Yurman necklace (similar) | Jennifer Fisher bracelet | Ellery sunglasses | OPI nail polish
Do you like to mix prints? Is this a look you might try? At these prices, you can afford to experiment. Just keep those two cardinal rules in mind!
Have a great week! Thanks as always for stopping by.
Photography by Ashley Cardoza