As we have seen on the runways from New York Fashion Week prints are alive and kicking! New prints have hit the scene as well as some classic favorites have stayed on. Last Spring I wrote about mixing prints and I’m about to again! There have been a few new trends that have emerged that make mixing prints even more fun. All right time to mix it up.
Mixing Prints Basics
Mixing prints can be a challenge and intimidating to those of us that have grown up learning all the clichés of what not to do ever with fashion such as no white after labor day and no black and brown etc. However mixing prints is another rule that should be broken.
1. As a novice print mixer it is best to stick to neutral colors and similar patterns. When you become more experienced then it will be okay to venture into a bolder color and print scheme. For instance a cream striped top with brown plaid shorts would mix well together and is virtually fool proof.
2. Keep Accessories simple. When you are wearing dual prints you have a lot going on. You should wear accents that are classic in shape. For instance; ladylike satchels structured totes, single strand necklaces,watches and one bracelet. These are great ways to finish off your look.
3. Add Color. When wearing a neutral look from head to toe it is essential that you add splashes of color! Remember keep the shapes simple and the colors bright. Remember color is back in a bold way this Spring!
4. Pleasing Prints. Some of the most popular prints this season are: floral,polka dots,paisley, plaids,animal prints and stripes. Floral prints are still popular this year because of its classic look and versatility. Polka Dots came on the scene late last year and exude that ladylike flair. Paisley prints are fun alternative to floral prints. Plaids are more sophisticated this year and have more of a stylish feel. Animal prints are great because they exude a youthful fun vibe. Last but definitely not least you can’t go wrong with classic preppy stripes!
Perfect Print Pairings
Casual Day Out
Bright Ponte Blazer $79.95 Gap.com
Factory Polka-Dot Crosstown Tee $25.55 J.Crew.com
Marley Yarn Dyed Stripe Shorts by Joie $148.00 Piperlime.com
Kamelia $99.95 Steve Madden.com
Beach House Stripe Pullover Sweater by Splendid $148.00 Piperlime.com
Boho Print Maxi Skirt by Hive and Honey $38.99 Piperlime.com
Kamelia $99.95 Steve Madden.com
Night Out on the town
Factory Stripe Knit Blazer $68.60 J.Crew.com
Printed Knit Ruffle Maxi Dress by Hive and Honey $59.00 Piperlime.com
Sarah by Kork-Ease $165.00 Piperlime.com
Risch Blazer by Stones $149.00 Piperlime.com
Jacquard Corset Maxi Dress by Sabine $98.00 Piperlime.com
Solangee $109.95 Steve Madden.com
Edie attaché bag $288.00 J. Crew.com
Mia Shoulder by Danielle Nicole $98.00 Piperlime.com
Bsweet $198.00 Steve Madden.com
See mixing prints isn’t as hard as it seems! Just keep it simple and you should be fine. And of course down the road with more experience you may be able to be bolder in your mixing techniques. However; when in doubt ask me any fashion question you have. Have a good week!
By Latrenda of Ruby Madison LLC
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