There’s one recent trope that can be especially daunting: the print-on-print-on-(sometimes)-print trend, which combines two or more patterns to exuberant effect. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to master the art of mixing and matching or simply wearing contrasting style in one outfit. Once you learn a few simple tricks of the trade, you’ll be pairing patterns like an expert in no time. I promise, it’s easier than it looks.
If you’re a beginner, start off small an mix patterns by replacing the solid shirt in your everyday uniform with a soft print. Then, play with size, such as wearing the same print in different sizes will pair well together, regardless of color scheme. Also wearing some mixed print with the same color look good together but it’s really a matter of personal preference. For instance, once you’ve got your hero floral printed skirt , find a shirt or a polka-dotted blouse that matches one color of your detailing floral dress (but not the main one).
Another trick to take into consideration would be : The simpler and more graphic the prints, the easier they are to mix. This is why, you’ll never go wrong with black and white stripes as they go with everything. It’s your easiest bet ! Pair black and white stripes with black and white polka dots — or polka dots with polka dots and stripes with stripes. The possibilities are endless, as the classy black and white makes everything seem modern and fresh. Also, more complex or organic prints like florals or animal prints can go great together but as they are more complicated prints, it can get frustrating if you’re not totally comfortable with the idea of print-mixing to begin with. This is why you should stick to two patterns and simple silhouettes. You can for instance layer shift dresses over button-ups, so only the sleeves and collars peek out from underneath. A sleek dress provides an automatic hero piece and can take the spotlight with a larger print, while the short length and slim cut ensure the colorful mishmash won’t be overwhelming.
Lastly, mix textures and shapes, play with different textures, different shape such as a mesh style printed dress shirt that provides an interesting contrast to your ladylike satin coat , while the light shade of the coat juxtapose the straight cut of the dress. Finally, you can also opt for adding neutrals to ground a crazy print. If you’re wearing a tropical-print jumpsuit it is too bold to pair with anything but solid colors, so a bomber-inspired green jacket and black Ray-Bans will function as neutrals ! The will tone down the pattern and adding a tomboy element to the floral look. Here we go ! I’ve broken down the best ways to expertly combine your patterned pieces. Thus, whether you’re just testing the waters or you’re ready to dive into a head-to-toe commitment, you are now ready to pile on the prints and hit the ground running.
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