How to Mix Prints and Patterns

How to Mix Prints and Patterns

Mixing prints and patterns in fashion can be a fun and creative way to express your personal style. Here are some tips to help you successfully combine different prints and patterns:

 

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1. **Start with a Neutral Base:**
Begin with a neutral base color, such as black, white, or denim. This provides a solid foundation for the prints and patterns to stand out without overwhelming the overall look.

2. **Stick to a Color Scheme:**
Choose prints that share a common color scheme. This helps create a cohesive and harmonious look. You can mix different prints as long as they have a similar color palette.

3. **Vary the Scale:**
Combine prints of different scales to avoid a busy and overwhelming appearance. For example, pair a small floral print with a larger geometric pattern. This adds visual interest without causing visual chaos.

4. **Mix Different Types of Prints:**
Combine different types of prints, such as stripes, florals, polka dots, and animal prints. The key is to balance busy prints with more subdued ones to prevent the outfit from looking too busy.

5. **Use Solid Separators:**
Introduce solid-colored pieces to break up the prints. This could be a solid-colored blazer, a belt, or a pair of shoes. These solid pieces act as visual anchors and help prevent the overall look from becoming too overwhelming.

6. **Coordinate, Don't Match:**
Aim for coordination rather than exact matching. If prints are too similar, they can clash instead of complement each other. Look for prints that share a common theme or color, but vary in design.

7. **Accessorize Thoughtfully:**
Use accessories like scarves, handbags, or shoes to introduce additional prints or patterns. This allows you to experiment with mixing prints in a more subtle way.

8. **Consider Texture:**
Mix in different textures along with prints to add depth to your outfit. For example, pair a silk floral blouse with a tweed skirt for an interesting combination of prints and textures.

9. **Experiment Gradually:**
If you're new to mixing prints, start with smaller, more subtle combinations. As you become more comfortable, you can gradually experiment with bolder and more contrasting prints.

10. **Confidence is Key:**
Rocking mixed prints is as much about confidence as it is about the actual combination. Own your style and wear it with confidence.

Remember that fashion is a form of self-expression, so feel free to break the rules and find what works best for you. Trust your instincts and have fun experimenting with different print and pattern combinations!

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