Mixing Prints 101

There are three things that terrify me; snakes, decaf coffee and mixing prints.

Luckily, it is super trendy right now to go crazy with mixing prints and this fashion blogging journey has made me much more comfortable when it comes to pairing stripes with animal prints.

So I am going to share with you the tips and tricks that helped me overcome my fear of prints and rock them with confidence.

The Basics

These tips are going to help you start off your mixing print journey. Its time to face our fears ladies!

  • Start with similar color schemes. Pair a black and white polka dot top with a black and white striped skirt, etc. Keep it in the same tonal range.
  • Choose one piece to be your bold print that dominates and the other piece will be your accent piece. Mix a large bold print with a smaller print.
  • Match the same print but in different colors.
  • Stripes act as a neutral when it comes to mixing prints.
  • Textured fabrics such as leather, lace and tweed are considered a print! Now this seems much easier and less intimidating right?!
  • A graphic t-shirt is also a print!
  • If want to ease into this journey try starting with one print piece on your body and the other print as an accessory.
  • If you are rocking head to toe print you can break it up with a solid belt, cardigan or jacket.

The Prints

Stripes

As I said before, stripes are the neutrals of prints. Stripes go with everything! Mix stripes with floral, gingham, polka dots, animal prints, herringbone and plaid.

Plaid

I love a good buffalo plaid! Heck, I live for any plaid. Plaid pairs well with stripes, gingham, herringbone, other plaids of different sizes, leopard print and floral. Of course, my go to is a graphic t-shirt under my flannel.

Gingham

Gingham is the ultimate summer fabric in my opinion. Mix gingham with floral, polka dots, plaid, stripes, leopard and a fun print like this strawberry fabric.

Polka Dots

I’m going to be honest, polka dots are my least favorite print. You really have to put work in to find a non-cheesy print. Polka dots look great with a polka dot print of a different size, animal prints, stripes, plaid, herringbone and floral.

Floral

Florals are all the rage right meow! Did I just say meow? Yes, yes I did. Florals mix well with stripes, animal print, polka dots, gingham, floral and plaid.

Animal

I am very particular about animal prints because like polka dots, they can look super cheesy. Animal prints pair well with other animal prints, floral, herringbone, gingham, plaid and stripes.

Even Azzy is rocking mixed prints with her floral bow and striped socks!

Now is the time to conquer your fear of mixing prints ladies! Remember you can always start slow by adding more print in with accessories and work up from there.

What prints are you excited to mix together? Which prints still seem too intimidating to you? Let me know below in the comments and I’ll help you out girl!