Lessons in Print Mixing.
For many, the art of print mixing can be very intimidating - especially for those who have very matchy matchy thoughts on concocting their outfit recipes. Not that these thoughts are wrong and there’s anything wrong with matchy matchy (you do you) but they can put up a barrier to getting a little crazy and embracing a print party for your look. I wanted to share some simple jumping off points to easily incorporate a little print mixing into your styling repertoire.
Starting with a combination of any classic prints is great - polka dots, stripes and florals or maybe a neutral animal print - if you’re already intimidated by the notion of multiple patterns save the more abstract and bold prints for later.
Choose the bolder print piece you’re hoping to style as your starting point - for example in this look I started with the Anthropologie floral midi skirt. This is going to be the main focus of your look, and from there you’ll build and add your complimentary second print.
Your secondary print should be a smaller and/or more subtle print. A thin stripe, a small polka dot, or a ditsy floral print - you want your 2nd print piece to compliment your focal point, not try to compete with it for attention.
For choosing print number two it’s easiest if you’re sticking to the same color palette or a complimentary color - think back to your elementary school color wheel. In my look I opted for a thin stripe tee in the same red found in the center of the flowers on my skirt. Outside the box matchy matchy after all.
Keep your accessories simpler - for more advanced mixers you may get a little bolder with a printed headscarf or a leopard print shoe - but for those easing into mixin’ it up - I’d say stick to solid pieces and pull colors from throughout the look or keep it really neutral.
Universal Threads for Target Tee Shirt, Anthropologie Ikebana Floral Skirt, Anthropologie Emma Convertible Belt Bag, Free People Gold Rush Flat