Before I start working with my clients I send them a questionnaire to fill in, and of the questions there is whether they like and wear prints and patterns. The most common answer is that they like prints, but don’t buy (or buy but don’t wear), because they are not sure what to wear them with.
Mixing prints is not that difficult as it might seem. On the other hand, not everyone can physically manage to wear several patterns at the same time. I personally can’t. It feels like too much is happening, so I get tired. For me usually one print and solids are more than enough.
If you feel that you are ready to try, but don’t know where to begin here are some tips ranged from simple to more complex:
1. The easiest way is to wear a printed item with something black, gray, white or denim.
I believe that you have already figured this out. If a whole printed garment feels too much for you, start with a printed scarf, bag or shoes.
2. Print + another solid color
The next step is to take any color that is already in the print. This is super safe and easy choice.
3. Stripes and polka dots go with everything.
Perfect if stripes’ color will be repeated in other print, but it’s optional.
4. Mix same print in different scales
For example, polka dots, flowers or stripes in different sizes..
5. Same print inverted colors
6. Mix similar prints in different colors
7. Unify different prints by colors
In other words, mix different prints that contain similar colors.
Advanced level: mix 3 and more different prints
Usually there will be several abovementioned “rules” at the same time.
In the examples below we can see : stripes, different prints containing same colors, similar prints in different scales, same print with inverted colors and addition of solids.
To see more examples use these keywords on Pinterest or Google images: print mixing, Stella Jean print mix, print mix outfit
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