Once upon a time, there was a story about the dangers of mixing prints and patterns (side note – in case you’re wondering what the difference is, a print is something that is “printed” on the material whereas a pattern is woven into it).
So, some would say, “You can’t mix flowers with stripes” or “Argyle doesn’t go with polka dots.” Well, like all of the other fashion fables, the idea that you can’t mix prints/patterns is a tale of the past. In fact, doing so is very current and looks super chic, as long as it’s done the right way.
If you’re ready to try it for yourself, here are my top 3 tips to keep in mind when mixing prints and patterns…
1) More classic examples would be a polka dot, stripe, check, or gingham with only two colours in them.
2) Make sure your top and bottom has a unifying colour within each of the prints/patterns.
3) So, if you are mixing a floral pant with a striped sweater, if the pants are a large print, the stripes in the top should be smaller.