How to Mix Prints Like a Pro

Share this post:

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.)

More tips…

Beginner:
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.

Intermediary:
Mixing prints with similar colors: blue and white stripes with blue and white dots; green plaid with green floral;

Pro:
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

Share this post:

About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
Tagged ,

19 Responses to How to Mix Prints Like a Pro

  1. Danielle says:

    New blog post: How to Mix Prints Like a Pro: http://bit.ly/f1JFRq

  2. How to Mix Prints Like a Pro http://bit.ly/fSe5PU by @StyleNBeautyDoc

  3. Danielle says:

    New Blog Post: How to Mix Prints Like a Pro http://bit.ly/fSe5PU

  4. Adrienne says:

    Great tips Danielle! I will have to try mixing my prints.

  5. Pingback: Upgrade Your Wardrobe and Makeup for Fall | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  6. Pingback: Spring 2012 Fashion Trends | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  7. Pingback: Current Obsession: Printed Shoes | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  8. Pingback: Printed Pencil Skirts | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  9. Pingback: Spring 2012 Fashion Trends | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  10. Pingback: Instagram Fashion Inspiration | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  11. Pingback: Fall 2012 Nail Color Trends | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  12. Pingback: How to Wear Spring 2013 Trends | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  13. Pingback: Polka Dot Trend | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  14. Pingback: Fall 2012 Fashion Trends | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  15. Pingback: Rihanna Mixed Print Bathing Suits | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  16. Pingback: Weekend Outfit Idea: Layers and Mixed Prints | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  17. Pingback: 10 Great (and Wearable) Looks from New York Fashion Week | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  18. Pingback: Spring 2013 Fashion Trends | The Style and Beauty Doctor

  19. Pingback: Printed Track Pants | The Style and Beauty Doctor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.