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Pairing Your Prints – A Beginner’s Guide

By Kelsey

Animal, floral , polka dots, stripes, paisley and plaid prints; who would think they can all work together? Mixing different prints  is one of the biggest up-and-coming trends and seems to have no boundaries – just pick your favorite prints and start mixing, but do that, and you may end up looking homeless or literally crazy.  You want to stand out and be mistaken for a celebrity, like Whitney Port  (pre bad financial press) or Diane Kruger, not look like you’re a regular at the local soup kitchen. Be chic, not crazy. Here are some safe starting options to wearing a print or two you probably already own. Stay tuned. This trend will have a few installments, sure to make you a mixing master!

1.Tie-Back Floral Tank $30 @ Delias / 2. Floral Crop Top  $15  @ / 3. Faux Leather Shorts $23 @ H&M / 4.Polka-Dot Corset $22 @ Tilly / 5. Polka Dot Blouse $35 @ Delias / 6. Britt Skirt $58 – Abercrombie & Fitch .

Lace + Spots:
 Lace is one of those prints that’s usually only one color and actually acts a as a neutral – meaning it’s subtle enough to mix with many types of prints – but not all at once. Tru it out with a polka dot pairing.  Make sure the prints are colors and combinations will pop! 

Florals + Leather: 
The naughty/nice combo is easy to achieve with leather and floral. Pair a floral top with leather pants or shorts. It gives a day-and-night feel all in one outfit.

Pale Knits + Brights: Pale knits on bright denim is a simple-chic option for the print-on-print beginner. Wearing two colors doesn’t technically constitute as a prints, but it’s a unique pairing that works that unexpected, but works..  The sharper the contrast, the more impactful the look!

The options listed above should wet your palette. Do your homework and try out these quick tips. Lesson two is coming soon and it we’ll take your prints to the next level (hint: plaid and stripes together – yeah, it’s happening!)

Sometimes the best combos are ones that seem unlikely, be confident in your selection and make it your own.

So are you a mixing master or still stumped by the trend? Chat with us and comment below!


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  • Reply lovee@iheartclearance 08/06/2012 at 12:22 pm

    I think that there is such a fine line with mixing prints. You can easily look like a crazy person. I think that is why I have shyed away from it. Also, I think if you are not around chic people who are not up on a trend….they look at you a little crazy as well. I’ll have to start playing with it…with my children wardrobe to gain confidence to do it myself!

  • Reply Morganvsmorgan 08/07/2012 at 12:22 am

    This is a cool post. There’s definitely a fine line when it comes to print mixing & i think alot of people would love this advice :)

  • Reply Stacy 08/07/2012 at 10:12 am

    I think girls should relax while mixing the prints because many of them thinking too much about who they look and others think) Enjoy yourself!

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  • Reply Stephanie Surtida 08/12/2012 at 10:29 am

    I love this post! Very informative, and I love that you mentioned my favorite, Florals + Leather because I recently did an OOTD post of those pairings alone :]

    Love your blog, love love! <3


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