Perfect Pairings: How to Mix & Match Prints in 3 Easy Steps

Is it us or does it feel like we’re in some sort of fashion renaissance? It really feels like fashion has become more artistic, open and exciting the past couple years. Trends are certainly bold and daring (hello, Mom jeans!) and color and prints have never been more fun. However, mixing prints can be tricky. It’s all about the right balance of colors and patterns. Not every print looks chic mixed together so it’s important to pick out pieces that complement each other. If you’re new to mixing prints and haven’t quite mastered it like Peter Pilotto (pictured above) here’s your crash course to getting started.

Tip 1: Start with One Simple Print and One Busy Print

For example, black and white stripes can be paired with just about any pattern. You’ll want to start with a simple two tone base print like stripes, polka dots, geometric shapes. You can then add in a busier piece with more color. This is especially important if you’re mixing bold, bright colors.


Tip 2: Pastel and Neutral Colors Are Easier to Mix

Pastel and neutral colors are easier to mix than colorful bold colors, so if you’re feeling uncertain about mixing prints, starting with neutral and pastel pairings is less intimidating.


Tip 3: For Even Easier Pairings Stick to Two Colors

When it comes to mixing prints, the easiest way is to stick to two colors. If you keep the look two tone, you can pull off mixing just about any print. It’s also helpful to pair contrasting type prints like below. For example a square geometric shape paired with a floral print looks chic.


Lastly, don’t be afraid to mix it up! Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be mixing prints like a pro. Just keep these tips in mind when you’re pairing and remember for best results: one simple print, one busy print. Happy mixing!



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Desiree Rabuse

Desiree Rabuse is a social entrepreneur and founder & CEO of StyleFox®. She's a devout bookworm, a fan of "Dad" jokes, and an apparent INTP. She loves snowboarding, philosophy, traveling, martial arts, coffee, and helping people lead healthy, happy, more efficient lives.

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