What is something that will always be in style? Let me help: prints/patterns is the answer! It doesn’t matter what type of print: animal, tribal, floral, geometrical, is that even a word? Well wordpress hasn’t underlined it yet (which tells me that it is in fact a word). Prints also include simpler styles such as polka dots, stripes, and color blocking too. But is there a good way to mix prints without breaking the single most important rule of fashion: don’t mix mismatched prints.
This question was asked by a friend and now I am answering her inquiry! Yes! You can definitely mix prints, but it completely depends on which prints. (Note**never ever mix polka dots and stripes. I don’t care if you have the hottest polka dot pants and the most amazing striped top; wear them on different days please.)
But let’s take a color blocked shirt and a tribal skirt for example. This look works because the color blocked shirt is simple. It doesn’t avert the eye from the tribal print of the skirt, but it also doesn’t fade into the background of the oufit either.
Another good idea is to mix two variations of the same print/pattern! Word of advice though: do not overdo it. If you mix floral and floral, make sure one is toned down, meaning, lighter colors and less clutter. The other day, I paired a lilac dress with small blue flowers, with a blue scarf that had white flowers. The pieces were completely different floral patterns but they meshed well! You never want to look like a walking blanket though. If you get to that point, you have read my advice from a…hmm… unique (pause and inhale) perspective and I am very sorry if I was not clear enough.
Mixing prints is hard, especially if you do not want to look tacky. I usually stay away from mixing prints unless I am 100% sure it will work. If you decide to embark on this journey maybe take a quick look at how designers mix their prints! A helpful tool is googling “Mercedes Benz Fashion Week”. You can search through years of fashion and pick up good ideas from the best brains out there.