There are a few easy personal styling tips that you can follow to learn how to mix prints and patterns successfully to create stylish and trendy outfits.
Many people are convinced that mixing prints and patterns is not a good idea, and yet some of the best personal stylists and wardrobe consultants mix prints and patterns regularly. Mixing prints and patterns is a way to show confidence and add an element of fun to your look.
Mixing prints and patterns together in an outfit might be difficult, but can make for a very interesting combination. So if you are interested in learning how to mix prints and patterns, there are a few easy personal styling tips that you can follow to create trendy outfits by combining various patterns like a professional personal stylist.
How to mix prints and patterns successfully
Mixing Prints and Patterns Tip # 1: Mixing the Same Patterns with Inverted Colors
The easiest way to get started mixing prints and patterns is to select 2 items that have the exact same print, but in inverted colors.
This technique works very well with polka dots, especially if the outfit combines white on black and black on white patterns.
This is something that is very common, particularly in dresses and swimsuits. It was also very popular in the 60s.
This technique works very well not only with polka dots, but also with stripes.
For example, inverted navy colored stripes on the top and on the bottom make the whole outfit look like a set and create an interesting point of difference between these two pieces.
Mixing Prints and Patterns Tip # 2: Mixing Different Patterns in the Same Color Family
Another easy way to get started mixing prints and patterns is to select two items that are in the same color family but have different patterns.
For example, you can pair together a black and white polka dot skirt with a white/black floral pattern top, so that it still looks like a cohesive color palette. Even if you add another print or a basic color, for a example a denim jacket or a white blazer, It will still look like all these pieces go together very well.
For example, if you pair brown polka dots with brown stripes, the overall outfit will still look cohesive, but not one pattern grabs so much attention that it looks like the other one is out of place
Mixing Prints and Patterns Tip # 3: Varying Sizes of Prints and Patterns.
The next tip is to vary the sizes of your prints and patterns. When you are pairing two bold prints together, it gives an eye a lot of stimulus and an eye jumps from one to the other, not sure where to rest.
But when you pair a bald print with something smaller, then it gives the eye a place to relax and it can appreciate the overall combination a lot better, as opposed to just appreciating the individual elements on their own.
A print that works well for this is gingham because gingham can look very small and overall it just gives you the example of a color, as opposed to just giving you a very bold statement of a pattern. So it pairs very well with balder patterns like paisley or florals.
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