Do you ever feel intimated by your closet and wish you could mix prints, but don't know where to start? I hear this all the time from clients and social media friends how hard and scary it is to mix prints. I always say take risks and have fun with clothes. Of course, you want to keep somethings in mind. So today, I want to share some tips that might help you take some fashion risks and break out of the box when it comes to mixing prints.
Wear the same tone of print in one outfit. Don't try super bright neon prints with lighter tones. Keep them the same tone. If you are mixing bright prints, then keep the entire outfit bright, meaning the same color pallet. Match at least one color. As you can see my blouse and skirt both has the color white, and I made sure my shoes are a solid color so it ties the entire look together.
Start with the basics. For me, it starts with black and white. I wear a lot of striped prints and now loving the gingham pattern, like this skirt pictured. Stripes is a good print to start incorporating into your wardrobe. It always works with any print. Floral is another timeless print the will never go out of the style. Think about the tones when purchasing a new print. If you love bold colors then make sure you have pieces in your closet that are bold and will go together. Above I have attached some good basics to start with. These pieces will not go out of style, and most of them are tops that can be worn year round.
Dress for your body type, and not the print. Ladies, I know this can be challenging but I am a big believer in only wearing clothing that fits my body perfectly. I can't say this enough but knowing your shape is key in any fashion tip. There is nothing more flattering then mixing prints that go well with your body frame. I have seen women look uncomfortable in their own skin because they don't know what looks good on them. Regardless if you love prints or not; the first and most important tip from a wardrobe stylist perspective is knowing your frame. Next time you are shopping, look at the cut and style of the clothes and not the pattern or design. I know this is hard and sometimes annoying but trust me when you figure out what looks good on you. Shopping and clothes will become your friend and not your enemy. Too many times I see my clients hate shopping and clothes. They try on clothes that are not made for their frame. It doesn't matter if its your size, it matters if it flatters your frame, and was cut to fit you perfectly.
Stick to prints that always go well together. Here are some of my favorite combos. Polka dots and leopard are a staple in my closet. They just always work, I don't have to think when I pair them together. One simple way to wear prints is to split the patterns up. For instance, wear a polka dots top with your favorite skinny jeans and style the look with leopard pumps or flats. So you are wearing prints but not in a very bold way. Sure you are taking a risk with your look but it's classy and chic.
Finally it always goes back to confidence and style. Regardless of the print and how bold it is, you have to create your personal style, and simply own it. One of my favorite quotes is by Rachel Zoe, who is a style icon and I simply adore her. "Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak". We all have different styles. How we style outfits speaks to the world in a unique and personal way. Regardless if you love to mix prints or not, it always goes back to confidence so only wear what makes you feel beautiful...