The number one complaint I always hear from people when it comes to diversifying their outfits is how difficult mixing prints can be. Everyone wants to do it, but for some reason, not everyone can. Here's the one secret to mixing prints that will help you master print-pairing.
Keep it in the family.
Whenever I think of mixing prints, I think kissing cousins......err, what Coco?!
What I mean is, you want your prints to be related to each other. Not so close that their sisters or twins, but close enough. You also want them to blend together seamlessly, like a good kiss.
There are two ways to mix prints as a beginner:
1. Same Style
This is the method I'm using today. You can mix prints by choosing one print type and pairing pieces with the same print type in different colors, textures and/or patterns. Here, I mixed striped patterns in different colors and styles. Both my top and skirt have horizontal black and white stripes, which makes them related. Since my top also has vertical stripes and hints of blue, it adds dimension to what would otherwise just be a head-to-toe striped look. The knit cropped sweater also adds dimension. When I add the blue striped flats, it does not overpower the look because the flats are also horizontal and still in the same blue-white-black color pattern.
2. Same Hue
If you're just starting out with mixing prints but ready to get a little more than your feet wet, this method is for you. Try mixing completely different prints in the same hue! This is a 2-in-1, because you're mixing prints AND creating a monochromatic look. For example, try a striped skirt with a polka dot top, both in the same color family!
Let me know which method of mixing prints you'd try!