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Pattern Play: 5 Tips to Mastering the Art of Mixing and Matching Prints in Your Outfit

Hello, lovely readers! It's your fashionista friend, Tia, and today I want to talk about a trend that has been a favourite of mine for quite some time - mixing and matching patterns and prints. Are you tired of the same old boring outfits? Do you want to add some personality and flair to your wardrobe? Then you're in the right place!

Mixing and matching patterns and prints is an exciting way to add visual interest and personality to any outfit. But let's face it - it can also be challenging to pull off without looking like a fashion disaster. That's why I'm here to help! In this post, I'll share some of my top tips for creating a head-turning outfit that combines different patterns and prints.

Firstly, let's talk about why this trend has been around for so long. Mixing and matching prints is not only fun and creative, but it's also a great way to show off your personal style. It allows you to break free from the monotony of matching solid colours and gives you the chance to express yourself through your clothing.

So, how do you pull off this trend without looking like you got dressed in the dark? Here are some of my top tips:

Tip #1: Start with stripes or polka dots

Stripes or polka dots are one of the easiest prints to mix and match with other patterns. They're versatile and can be worn with just about anything. The key is to make sure the colours in the patterns complement each other. For example, try pairing a striped top with a floral skirt or a plaid blazer with a polka dot dress. If you're feeling bold, you can even mix different types of stripes together, such as a thick stripe top with a pinstripe skirt. The key is to make sure the colours in the patterns complement each other. Stick to the same colour family, and you'll have a winning combination.

Tip #2: Mix different scales of prints.

Another way to mix and match patterns is to play with different scales of prints. This means pairing a small floral print top with a larger floral print skirt. The contrast in scale creates a dynamic and visually interesting outfit. Just make sure the colours are complementary.

You can also mix and match prints with different textures, such as pairing a smooth silk blouse with a tweed skirt.

Tip #3: Match colours, not patterns.

One of the easiest ways to mix and match patterns is to match the colours, not the patterns themselves. This means choosing patterns in the same colour family but with different designs. For example, you could wear a polka dot top with a leopard print skirt, as long as they share the same colour palette. This creates a cohesive and stylish outfit without being too overwhelming. Mixing and matching black and white prints is always a classic choice that can be both chic and bold.

Tip #4: Try monochrome patterns.

Another great way to mix and match patterns is to stick with one colour and play with different patterns within that colour. For example, wear a black and white striped top with a black and white polka dot skirt. This creates a chic and sophisticated look that's sure to turn heads. You can also experiment with different textures, such as pairing a lace top with a houndstooth skirt in the same colour.

Tip #5: Don't forget about accessories.

Accessories are a great way to add even more interest to a patterned outfit. Try pairing a patterned dress with a colourful scarf or a printed bag to add some extra flair. You can also mix and match patterns with your shoes, such as pairing a floral dress with leopard print flats.

If you're not feeling adventurous enough to mix patterns with your clothes, accessories are a great way to dip your toe into the trend.

In conclusion, mixing and matching patterns and prints is a fun and creative way to add personality to your outfit. By using these tips, you can create a unique and stylish look that reflects your personal style. However, it's important to keep in mind that not all patterns and prints can be mixed together. It's always a good idea to stick to patterns that share a similar colour palette, scale, or texture. And most importantly, have fun with it! Fashion is all about expressing yourself, and mixing and matching patterns is a great way to do just that. Stay stylish, darlings!

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Apr 15, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Finally some guidelines! I love floral, animal and geometric prints - wasn't sure how to wear them without looking crazy. Thank you!


Apr 14, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you for these tips! I now have some great guidelines to follow :)


Wajeeha Khan
Wajeeha Khan
Apr 14, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

I love this...allowing your right brain to come out and play and have fun with your style.

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