I recently asked for some blog requests on my Facebook page to see what you guys want to read about. I got some really great suggestions and today’s post is actually in response to one! Brenna, of Frilly Farm Girl, asked about mixing prints and different textures. Great idea! Mixing and matching prints can be tricky, especially if you going for more of an “every day” look, rather than say, photo spread in Vogue. (What, you don’t do those often? Must just be me.)
I’ve put together a few tips and pictures (of course!) to help you navigate mixing and matching. The key to wearable (and not magazine editorial) mixed patterns is to keep things simple! (Click on each photo for individual item detail.)
You can definitely steer clear of a style mishap by keeping prints and patterns in the same color scheme. Think black and white stripes with black and white polka dots.
Two is key. Two different textures or prints will look cohesive, three can be too busy. One print needs to act as a neutral, so as not to clash.
Think of stripes as a neutral. Try them with a floral print or a geometric design.
Proportions are important. Mix a micro (small) print with a macro (larger).
Mix textures in the same way. Pair a tweed skirt with a sheer striped top, a textured top with plaid pants, or a lace skirt with a denim shirt.
Love this, Jamie! Thanks for all the wonderful tips and ideas! Cant wait to try some out! :)
I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Helping bloggers get discovered by new followers! :) Check out my blog post to see the questions you will be answering! http://www.jennaleeann.com/2014/01/the-liebster-award.html
Thanks so much!
I especially like the aztec sweater & jeans and the red and white striped sweater with the black and white polka dot skirt – those are my favorites, and I might be on the hunt for those pieces now. :)
I love those too!