Recently, a friend called, texted, and then called me again. She was having a pattern-mixing crisis.
In short: should she? Could she?
The short answer is: Yes!
Prints keep getting louder, bigger, and bolder. And designers keep sending models down the runway with multiple prints layered together in a single outfit. It may still seem chaotic and unappealing, but I’d love you to give the idea a chance.
Prints are personal. If there were a lineup of prints, it would probably be easy for you to choose the ones you like and the ones you don’t. It’s a personal thing! I rarely see a leopard print I don’t like but small florals leave me cold. You probably have your own strong preferences.
A particular print may remind you of a favorite person or hobby—riding, say, or gardening. Or just a favorite motif, like hearts.
Or you may be drawn to prints on a psychological or emotional level—butterflies, bees, swans, an anchors or text—that keeps you focused on where you’re headed in life.
Prints can expand your wardrobe. You might thing they’re limiting, but they’re not. If you have a wardrobe that leans toward solids, a few prints added into the mix will make you feel like you’ve doubled your choices. You’ll have fun making new outfits all season long.
Prints add interest. A print in colors that favor your own coloring will bring out more of your beauty.
Prints can grow on you. Maybe you’re attracted to animal prints but have never worn them. Try them out wearing them in something small, like a bag, shoe, a scarf, or even a belt. You’ll be surprised how a small amount of print will add a lot to your outfit.
This doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some basic combinations to get you started:
- Polka dots + stripes
- Floral print + pinstripes or checks
- Literal prints + plaid or checks, or
- Checks + a buffalo plaid in similar colors.
Ready to get more adventurous? I always suggest doing a search (try “pattern-mixing”) on Pinterest and see what inspiration there. (Here’s just one amazing set of images I stumbled upon.)
If you’re not ready to have your print take up more space, wear a printed blouse under a jacket, a printed dress with a jacket, or a printed coat over a column of color.
If you’d like a little hand-holding when you put prints together, I’d love to help!