Mastering the Art of Mixing and Matching: Prints + Patterns

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Mastering the art of mixing and matching can be tricky but, certainly, not impossible. When you begin to play with prints and patterns, you’ll quickly discover that some of the best combinations come from “happy accidents”. Others just “click right away. When done poorly, however, you risk looking like you got dressed in the dark… at a clown’s house. 

You guys, it’s tricky but once you’ve mastered it, you’re solid… in prints that is lol. Mixing and matching the right pieces will instantly elevate your look, add dimension and much more interest to what you’re wearing. So… how do you do it? Easy. All it takes is learning a few simple tricks of the trade.

I’ve put together of list of those tricks for you, along with “rules” and tips that’ll contribute to mastering the art of mixing and matching. Enjoy!


  1. Start small, and with a soft print. Stripes, florals, and leopard print are great starters – start off with anything black and white, or soft, earthy-toned. The reason they’re great starters is because they come from neutral colors we’re already familiar with.
  2. Know your neutrals in a world of prints and patterns. Stripes, polka dots, and leopard prints, can all be considered neutrals. Why? Again, because many of those prints are made up of colors we’re already familiar with.
    • THIS LOOK: Maroon, in this case, is my neutral.149330C8-3614-4638-91A8-976E3A0531BB
  3. Play around with sizes. The same print in different sizes will never fail you, regardless of the color scheme. Think thin stripes with thick stripes, small polka dots with bit polka dots, and so on. Once you’ve mastered this step…
  4. Invert sizes and colors. Take it a step further with this bold move. Add thicker (or thinner) stripes, going in different directions (diagonal, vertical, horizontal), mix your florals with other florals, or other patterns, and gingham with polka dots or stripes. The possibilities are endless. Find the one that works for you!
  5. Choose a color family. When your prints don’t match, your color story should. Pair complimentary colors with each other, or pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, or like I did, bold on bold. Avoid mixing three or more colors, but when your outfit does consist of three or more, make sure that they share at least one color. Your outfit will look more together.
    • THIS LOOK: The color story of this look is clear, and plays well together: orange, maroon and brown. Note: all three colors can be found in the skirt, making it easier on you when styling, because the color story is already there for you.F2477941-EC39-4880-8A76-1D2134C01F35
  6.  Try monochromatic. There’s absolutely no way of mismatching when wearing all the same color or all the same print/pattern.
  7. Incorporate texture. It adds dimension.
    • THIS LOOK: My skirt is made up of a floral print, but elevated with pleats and complimented by the sleeves on my blouse and tie at the waist. These little things make a difference, guys! Sometimes, a tie at the front will work, other times it wont. Find what works based on the pieces you’re working with.
  8. Accessorize accordingly. Dainty little pieces, only. Your outfit will already have plenty going on, keep accessories to a minimum.

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