Mixing prints may seem difficult, but can be pulled off using these tips:
* Stay within the same color family (i.e. green plaid with green polka dots) or go with contrasting colors. Learn more about how to use the color wheel to combine colors in The Color Wheel: How to Combine Colors in your Wardrobe
* Go opposite in scale (i.e. mix smaller prints with larger ones).
* Pull it all together with a solid color (either a jacket, shoes, or purse, etc.)
Same print category, different colors: black and white polka dots with white and black polka dots; traditional leopard print with red leopard print, navy stripes with red stripes, and on and on. This is the simplest way to get the look without having to think too hard.
Mixing prints with similar colors: blue and white stripes with blue and white dots; green plaid with green floral;
Mixing totally different prints (typically to pull this off, you either want to make sure the prints have some complementary color in common or just go for a complete wild card): animal print with florals; stripes with camouflage; floral with camo, etc.
Now why on earth would you want to mix prints? First, it’s a great way to get more mileage out of your wardrobe by pairing items together that you normally wouldn’t. And second, because it looks cool!
Do you mix prints? Tell me in the comments!
Images via Oyster #86 Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar