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:
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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