The Art of Mixing


Dying to jump on the mix pattern train, but too timid to try? Don't feel bad. We've been taught the importance of matching since we were kids, so it may take a while to build the confidence to pair the unexpected. Below are a few of my personal rules when it comes to the art of mixing. 

Classic Mix: Mixing polka dots and stripes is one of the easiest ways to achieve a mixed look. For those of you who are still a bit weary these are the patterns for you. Stick with black and white for a classically chic ensemble and add a dash of color with a killer bag or pair of heels. 

Start bold: The first step to building your ensemble is finding the star piece, whether it be a loud floral skirt or a leopard printed blazer, use this piece as your jumping off point.

Choose a color family: Similar colors and palettes will help blend your prints, while still making a statement. If your pieces don't share a color within their respected prints, similar backgrounds, like brown, black, white, or grey, become extra important.  

Scale is key: Once you have your larger, bolder print, be sure to pair it with a smaller, less dominating print. Two prints of equal scale will give your ensemble an overwhelming appearance and will be unpleasing to the eye.

Avoid three: I always suggest limiting your mixing to two patterns. You don't want to go overboard. If your look calls for a third piece, go with a white blouse or a simple cardigan to tone down your prints.  

Accessorize accordingly: The right accessories can be the key to breaking up your ensemble. Try using solid colored items to tie your ensemble together like an oversized clutch or a belt.

If you're too nervous to mix your prints, try a more subtle approach by mixing different textured pieces, like a ruffled blouse with a lace skirt.






Dressy Spots and Stripes:
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Casual Spots and Stripes:

Bold Spots and Stripes:

Are you a fan of mixing prints? Which of these look could you see yourself rocking? 

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153 comments:

  1. gorgeous skirt! Love the dots and stripes combination :)

    LOVE BO,
    PurePreciousPerfection.blogspot.com

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  2. i haven't yet mastered mixing patterns, but i'm def trying to learn. =)

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  3. I haven't tried this trend myself but if I do I will definitely be using your rules!

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  4. I'm still relatively new to mixing patterns but have been loving pairing spots with stripes this season - it can be such a simple yet stylish look! I'll definitely be following your rules while I experiment with mixing in future!

    I love your dressy spots and stripes outfit too - the top is lovely! :-)

    Em
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  5. what a beautiful skirt!! it looks so good with this shirt!:)

    lots of love xx

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  6. I love mixing patterns! It's a great way to stand out from the crowd and get more wear out of the funnier items in your closet.

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  7. Gorgeous skirt! Looking stylish :)
    I like your 2nd combination of these three options.

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  8. You look lovely xoxo

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  9. What a cute outfit!! I love your skirt it's so pretty!
    Looking great as usual, Anna! :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  10. Love how you mixed these prints and your tips are super helpful! Looks amazing!

    xo, Brittan & April
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  11. OMG, I want this outfit. You look stunning, Anna.

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  12. Love that skirt!

    www.stills.rs

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  13. Awesome tips! I could try it out this weekend ;)

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  14. wow, amazing post, i love all these outfits, you are amazing!
    X Jane

    http://thetaleoftwobuttons.blogspot.com

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  15. I love the way u mixed up the 2 prints, it looks good on you.
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  16. Gorgeous outfit...I really love skirt... you look amazing :)

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  17. I'm def not a fan of mixing patterns but the outfits you made are very cute! I don't think I trust myself to try stuff out of my own closet though! Love that skirt the most it reminds me of betsey Johnson!!

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  18. Such a great mix & I love the bold placement flowers on your skirt.
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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  19. Love stripes with floral! Cute look!

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  20. wow, I love this post and the bold print outfit you made.

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  21. You look beautiful, sweetie. Another great outfit.

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  22. Oh that skirt is so pretty. Love how you styled it. It looks so pretty with the top with the stripes. Great post
    xo, Petra

    If you have time take a look on my newest Outfit Post a beautiful flower dress from Sugarlips http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com

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  23. Great post and thanks for the tips! -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  24. Obsessed this outfit, Anna. I've gotta try the mixing. Super cute. xoxo

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  25. you can really pull off a bold and colourful look, gorgeous!

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  26. LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair like this.

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  27. I've been meaning to try polka dots and stripes together. I love that you've also got floral here. Thanks for the tips.

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  28. Gorgeous outfits. I love the most the 2nd one :)

    With love, Egle Ge {HideInSugar}

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  29. You look so fabulous!

    x
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  30. Very nice post :) I love your hair!!! 1st outfit is best for me:)

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  31. Love them all, but I have to go with the last.

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  32. Oh, Anna I love this outfit so much. It's so girly and fun. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  33. You look amazing, Anna! We really like the dressy look although the casual look is more us!

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  34. Nice combination <3 !!!! I really like your hair :)
    Love,
    AngelaSquared

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  35. Thanks for this post, love this outfit !

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  36. I'm not huge on the mixing trend, but I simply LOVE this outfit! Not too off the wall, and your tips are very helpful! Also, the other outfit options are great. Thanks, Anna!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  37. Fabulous combination. I love this outfit, Anna.

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  38. Gorgeous skirt. Looking beautiful as usual.

    cheers

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  39. Great tips.. I'm gonna try it out. Xo jewel
    Mspchic.blogspot.com

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  40. I am too timid to try. It works so gorgeously on you but if I tried it on looks more like hilarious.

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  41. i love love love mixing stripes and dots!!

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  42. Love your heels! Great mixing :)
    xxx
    fashionstiletto.blogspot.com

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  43. Great tips! You look fab as always!

    Check out my latest blog post if you get a chance...Tempting Teal eye makeup look!

    http://theemakeuproom.blogspot.ie/2012/08/fotd-totally-teal.html

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  44. Love the Mix!

    Have a Fab weekend!

    Hugs,
    Mr J.Kane
    http://mrkanerule.blogspot.com

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  45. Really cute, that skirt is gorgeous :)
    Have a nice weekend...

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  46. Love the outfit! I love mixing patterns, especially stripes and polka dots! Have a great weekend!

    Amberly D'Anna
    www.asliceofglam.com

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  47. LOVE the skirt - especially paired with the stripes!! xo, Kait

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  48. So cute! I love the way you mixed the prints. You look adorable!

    Amy



    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  49. LOVE the looks you put together! :) And most certainly loving your polka dot floral skirt with the dots!

    xoxo,
    Rachel

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  50. The skirt + stripe combo is SO adorable. I love it!
    xo Krystin
    suburbanfauxpas.blogspot.com

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  51. My post today was all about mixing prints too! Would love for you to come over to Poor Little It Girl and check it out!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

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  52. Me encanta tu blog! Tus outfits son preciosos!
    Yo tambien estoy empezando un blog,y intento actualziar cada día!
    Un besito!
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  53. What a cute look! You look beautiful as always. Love your hair up in a ponytail like that! xo

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  54. I love your look and the second inspiration board you created! Have a nice weekend :)

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  55. Ilove third photo, you look so beautiful and polka-dot, stripe and floral prints look amazing together :)

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  56. Great post and thanks for sharing. This is one trend I have felt in love with and I still have a lot to learn. You look stunning and love your skirt. Have a great weekend and thanks for always sharing the best posts...xoxoxox

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  57. Great post on mixing prints. I love mixing prints and I agree the best way to start is with polka dots or stripes! From the three looks I'm more of a bold polka dots and stripes girl. - Carla

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  58. Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm so glad you loved it!

    I am absolutely loving yours! I love the floral & stripes mixed together!! I'm mixing patterns today as well!

    xoxo. Morgan

    http://www.morgan-made.blogspot.com

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  59. Love the looks - your skirt is great!

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  60. Stunning look!

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  61. Nice tips and pics are amazing :)

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  62. Great tips! Your outfit is the perfect example of how to mix prints perfectly!
    xx-MC
    http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

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  63. Unique skirt! I love polka dots and I am in fact wearing a blk/wht polka dot top today! Muah!

    glamBLOUSE
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  64. Gorgeous! I love this look. Happy Friday!

    xoxo

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  65. very pretty. nice combination of patterns.

    xo
    Sam

    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  66. Fabulous post love. Mixing prints is one of the hardest things for me to feel confident doing when pulling outfits together. This really helps!
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Mallory
    www.pastelsandmascara.blogspot.com

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  67. I love the fixture of polkadots and stripes ! Your style is so feminine and girly, I love it!

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  68. This is a perfect pattern mix. I seriously love it.
    Creamy

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  69. I'm not usually one to mix prints or patterns, but I guess that I could handle doing something like this :)

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  70. just beautiful, love the mix of stripes and polka dots!!!!

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  71. Love the bold statement examples - I want them all. Each outfit is adorable and super feminine.

    xo,
    Ana

    ana@sociablystyled.com
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  72. Amazing look! I love the skirt...I think I'm obsessed with it now lol. I think you did a fabulous job on this outfit and the others you styled here. :)

    xoxo Azu

    www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

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  73. I love your outfit! That polka dot skirt is adorable! I am so glad that you did this post because I love mixing prints. I love those pink polka dot jeans that you feature. I would so wear them!

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  74. Blown away by this outfit

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  75. Just adore the skirt! It is so beautiful on you!

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  76. Love this post lady! Another great one. Thanks for all the fantastic tips. You're the best!!

    -Kelby

    http://peachypains.com

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  77. ADORABLE!!! stripes and polka dots is a genius mix!
    xo

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  78. LOVE your outfit, that skirt is sooo cute <3
    xx

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com/

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  79. Always so fabulous!! Mixing prints is such a talent! You really have to have an eye for it. You look beautiful! Love the striped top!

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  80. I was JUST pondering whether or not to attempt an outfit mixing patterns! Now I will just have to go for it, seems meant to be :)

    Love these tips!!

    <3 Melissa
    http://scribble-n-dash.blogspot.com/

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  81. I love all the tips, they are definitely helpful! You look fabulous, I love the whole look you're wearing :)

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  82. You look great and this is a lovely mix. I think you gave some great tips and I also really like the other options you showed. Mixing prints can be had but it can also be so much fun!

    Added you on Bloglovin, Pinterest, Facebook and already followed you on Twitter. I'm on those too :)

    xo
    nic
    mymannersandmoxie.com

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  83. Beautiful combination and love your skirt!


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  84. I have been very eager to try mixing patterns lately! Stripes and florals are definitely my favorite combination. Wonderful post and also, your hair looks lovely in these pictures!

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  85. you look amazing as always!
    and your post always inspiring me

    xo
    www.jiglycious.com

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  86. I need to get more patterns in my closet so I can start mixing prints! Thanks for the tips!

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  87. That skirt is to die for! Love the mixing of the patterns!


    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  88. You look gorgeous as always! Love your striped top x dot skirt combo. Great post! xo akiko
    Your Portrait Giveaway

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  89. I love these two prints together! You look great!

    wishfulsinfulyou.blogspot.com

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  90. The art of mixing... you've mastered it. You look beautiful. <3
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  91. You just gave the best tips for people to follow!! I LOVE this look so much! Have a great weekend!
    -amy
    www.dreaminigincashmere.com

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  92. One of my most favorite blogs ever, Anna!! I would die to wear the first 2 looks. They're so cute! I love the symetry & balance in the pieces... I like how the leaf bracelet accents the Chevron patter in the skirt! Uh! Masterpiece! I wish I had all these clothes! And I just realized that I'm a jewelry junkie-- b/c I have far more jewelry than clothes, lol. A-mazing post, love!

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  93. Love it :) Sophie x

    Http://your-girl-is-lovely.blogspot.co.uk

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  94. fabulous outfit yet again <3 you're an amazing blogger!! love all your posts

    Alexa <3
    http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

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  95. Love the outfit! I like your earrings :). New post!

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  96. I love the look that you chose, it works really well together. The skirt is adorable!

    www.styliststeph.blogspot.com

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  97. Fabulous styling darling - love your blog!
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment - I hope you'll be back! So glad I discovered your blog

    Eda ♥

    Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes & Couture

    Follow me on twitter ♥

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  98. Great post! I think mixing prints is one of the most important things you can do to maximise your closet: people are always pressured into wearing solid colors with prints, which is getting a little boring!

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  99. Oh, wow. This is one of my favorite outfits of yours by far!!

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  100. Jeez, you mix the patterns and everything so well! Thank you for showing examples too, I always get a little nervous when I match patterns, but you showed me how to do it! :)

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  101. I think you've used the patterns and colours is a great way. I love this outfit.

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  102. i love mixed print!!

    if you get a sec, i'd love to know what you think of my latest post!

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  103. Gorgeous outfit! LOVE IT!! You look so stunning!!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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  104. Totally awesome skirt! I just mixed a mustard polka top with a black leather skirt. I like how you paired it with a stripes top =)

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  105. Print mix is a huge trend and you know how to wear it, so well!!!

    xoxo from france

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  106. i love your outfit :) and the combinations you always post! really like the print mix trend!

    xoxo FlirtingwithFashion

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  107. LOVE this look! That skirt is gorgeous. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, sweetie!

    xoxo, Meera

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  108. That skirt is super fun...I love that bold floral with the polka dots!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  109. I LOVE mixing bold black and white stripes with floral prints. Sometimes (especially where I'm currently living) people look at me like I'm a little crazy, but I love to mix prints. I really like that polka dot and floral printed skirt that you have on. You wear it well <3

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  110. FABULOUS PRINT MIXING.. YOU GOT EVERYTHING RIGHT HERE! THAT SKIRT IS YUMMY!

    KISSES FROM :
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  111. Loving the polka dot skirt!
    xoxo
    dolceedamara.blogspot.com

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  112. stripes and dots and florals! girl you are good at mixing patterns and still keeping it classy! love your blog :)

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  113. Love how you always show us different ways to incorporate a look.
    XOXO

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  114. I love this post. I get tired of wearing things matchy matchy and this is a perfect guide to mix and match. I love your outfit and I also adore the casual spots and stripes outfit you created. - amirajsfashiondiaries.blogspot.com

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  115. I go by the same rules when I pattern mix, But you do it so well!

    XoXo Brenna

    www.chicstreetstyle.me

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  116. LOVE this. I'm one who's so bad at mixing prints that I give up before I even get started. I'm definitely taking these rules into consideration!

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  117. Wonderful blog.*_*
    Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin and gfc???
    My Blog

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  118. Would have never thought of pairing dots and stripes, but it looks so cool!!

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  119. wow.. this is .. I'm speekless!
    maybe we can follow each other?
    best-way-of-life.blogspot.com
    xx

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  120. Great mix! Pattern mixing is my favorite trend right now.

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  121. I'm absolutely in LOVE your skirt! SOOOOO cute! <3
    xoxo
    Obviously Obsessed 

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  122. That dress is just so gorgeous and lovely!! You always look so great!


    I am following, Please follow back at http://allofthatgoodstuff.blogspot.ca/ Thanks <3

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  123. LOVELINESS TO THE MAX ANNA.....Love your mix of prints & patterns & thanks for your awesome tips gorgeous!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  124. Such a cute outfit - love the mixed prints!

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  125. Love all these ideas! Fantastic post!!

    Check out my latest posts, let me know what you think! Thanks for following!

    XX A

    uncoverfashion.blogspot.ca

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  126. Love the combos! Polka dot bottoms are a must!

    xo
    Kristin
    www.LivingInColorPrint.com

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  127. Love the skirt, and I need to get some blazers and neon for the coming Aussie summer.

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  128. Perfect skirt for summer!!

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  129. I really love the skirt you're wearing! And it looks great with the striped top. I'm a big fan of pattern mixing, too.

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  130. I love, love, love the casual spots and stripes outfit you created in this post.

    http://www.unicornrevolution.com

    xx em

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  131. nice blog dear can we follow each other..?

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  132. It’s actually a cool and helpful piece of info. I’m glad that you shared this useful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

    Best swimsuit

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  133. Just love the polka dots with stripes and the pink...

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  134. nice blog...
    this blog is very important for me ... thank you ...

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  135. great articel,,, nice blog ... thank you ,...

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