I am so thrilled to bring you an exciting feature on how to wear mixed prints. I believe this is a grey area for many, myself inclusive. However, I am privileged to know someone who does it so effortlessly- Phyllis! One quick scan through her instagram and you won’t help but envy her style; but mostly, you will pick style inspiration! The way she blends vintage and modern pieces is absolutely amazing, not to mention how she mixes prints.
Without more ado, let’s hear from Phyllis…
Mixing prints in my opinion is a tricky yet equally thrilling trend that does not have to get complicated. I have been doing it for a few years now; it has almost become instinctual (but not quite yet). Once a lot of thought goes into it, it stops becoming fun (trust me).
So here’s what I take into consideration when mixing prints:
1. Repeating colors: When pairing two different prints I try to maintain at least one color in both prints. An easy way to do this is to pick prints with the same dominant color. This helps for easier blending, especially if you are not trying to put in a whole lot of effort.
2. Sticking to the same color family: I prefer to mix prints with the same color tones. You can easily mix any pattern if the color tones are similar. An example of tones that are similar would be white, beige, lilac, orange OR burgundy, navy blue, green.
3. If I feel like it’s too much, I always use a solid color to break up the pattern. For example, incorporating a belt would be a good way to achieve this. Additionally, throwing a solid color jacket over your prints could be a good way to finish off your outfit. However, you have to keep in mind that this solid color should be able to complement most of the colors in the print.
4. Black and White: You can hardly go wrong when you mix two different black and white prints. And I mean hardly… Beginners, here is your cue. Stripes, polka dots, plaid!! If your color scheme is black and white, the world is your oyster.
5. Accessorize: What can I say; I am a sucker for a good accessory. Mixing prints is not limited to blouses, trousers and dresses. You can start off simply with just a printed blouse, a pair of jeans and a different print scarf. Another example would be mixing a printed shoe or clutch to a printed dress.
The key is to enjoy it! If you feel like your outfit is on the verge of becoming a broad way costume, remove that last print and go back to a solid color. Eventually, you will get the hang of it.
1. Start with what is in your current closet. Play with items you currently have and see if it’s for you. Once you nail the trend, it will be easier for you to create more looks from your closet as well as shop for more prints.
2. Experimenting with pattern play is a way I express my personality and artistic nature. A great way to start playing and mixing patterns is to choose a style icon that reflects your personality and use them as inspiration. Personally, most of my inspiration comes from the mixed print priestess herself, Solange Knowles. You really have to make sure the person’s style and artistic nature reflects your personal style and personality as well. A lot of people might not get Solange’s artistry therefore trying to use her, as your muse might not work out.
In short, keep these simple rules in mind;
- Allowing one pattern to be dominant
- Maintaining colors from the same color family and using a solid color to complement the prints
- Playing with different textures
So there you have it. Mixing prints should no longer give you a fashion feat.
And here is the fun part; one lucky reader is going to win a Mr. Price shopping voucher worth 100k!!!
Here’s what you have to do:
Send a picture of your mixed print look to email : email@example.com or upload your pic on instagram and use the hashtag #chicmomentsprintmixchallenge
After two weeks, by 18th October, Phyllis will pick the winner!
Love and Blessings