Leopard, stripes, polka dots and floral patterns are just a few of my favorites that play well together (I could easily get into ikat and tartan and gingham and chevron), but they are a good starting point if you're new to print mixing. When styling, I always consider leopard a "neutral" that can be mixed with just about anything, and stripes are my "easy chic" pattern – they're always classic and make me feel put together. Florals and polka dots are fun to mix in, especially in the Summer when lots of great prints are in stores.
Basic Tips to Mastering the "Classic with a Twist" Mix
2. Play with the scale of patterns. Going for a large print on the bottom? Opt for a small print on top.
3. Keep accompanying pieces simple and/or neutral. If you're going with a loud top and skirt combination, go with nude or neutral shoes. If your pants and shoes are the focus, go for a simple top and jewelry.
4. Do a little research. It always helps to visualize how prints look best when an expert does it. Some of my favorite mix masters are Olivia Palermo, the Erdem collections, Blair Eadie, and Mary Katrantzou.
5. Don't try to incorporate more than 2 patterns at once. Your look will just get too busy and fall apart.
6. Be a little bit bolder than you normally would. It never hurts to try something new! Make rules, break rules, and find out what works for you. If you're not ready to dive into all over prints, try dipping your feet in and wearing some patterned shoes or a scarf mixed with a patterned top.
7. Confidence is key in this art – if you feel good, you look good; if you feel awkward, you probably look awkward. Confidence is how you pull off a bold look.
Mixed My Way
Leopard & Floral look
+ J.Crew Top
+ Tibi Pants
+ J.Crew Satchel
+ ASOS watch
+ Ivanka Trump Heels
Stripes & Dots look
+ Dorothy Perkins Dress
+ J.Crew Pearls
+ Essie Polish in Canyon Coral
+ Loeffler Randall Heels
Stripes & Leopard look
+ Splendid Top
+ Madewell Hat
+ Old Navy Denim
+ Michael Kors Watch
+ Topshop Sandals
What do you think? Will you give it a go?
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