Mixing prints is probably the most daunting trend to attempt in fashion. Mixing varying prints adds design and interest to an ensemble, maximises your closet, and shows that you're not afraid of colour and patterns.
However, if not done right, you run the risk of looking like a clown and being over-the-top. The trend has been around for a while and is also very dominant in home décor; which shows that it is here to stay. If you have not embraced this trend as yet, here are some guidelines.
Black and white, referred to as the 'monochrome duo' are the easiest colours to mix as prints, because together they are a timeless and classic duo. Choose prints in the same colour palette, making sure there is a connecting colour in both prints.
The scale of the prints is important. Choose prints with varying sizes to show mastery of this trend. Choose a gingham print and mix it with a bold paisley in the same colour palette. Leopards, stripes and zebra prints are treated as neutrals when mixing prints.
Ensure that there is good proportion with the fit of the garment by choosing pieces that are well-tailored which won't overpower the eye. If wearing a flowing maxi skirt, pair with a fitted top in a different print.
If you are still scared of trying this trend, the easiest way to attempt it is with accessories.
Try scarves, belts, shoes, cuffs and bags for a quick update.
Wear a striped shirt with a floral printed scarf.
Wear a floral dress with polka-dot shoes.
Wear a floral dress with a broad leopard belt.
Thankfully, designers are now making this trend easier for us to try. Dresses with various prints, now being referred to as 'pattern blocking', are seen on the runway showcasing mixed prints in dresses with contoured sides.
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Mixing varying prints adds design and interest to an ensemble, maximises your closet, and shows that you're not afraid of colour and patterns.