When it comes to style, many people avoid mixing prints like they avoid doing their taxes. While both seem overwhelming at first, mixing prints is surprisingly easy to master (and it doesn’t involve eating three donuts out of frustration, bulging forehead veins, or throwing a stapler). Prints shouldn’t be feared; they are an easy way to maximize the wardrobe that you currently own, and can be used to create a look that no one else will have.
There really aren’t any hard and fast rules for mixing and matching; you can essentially dress yourself in the dark, and you’ll look like you painstakingly planned your outfit. To stay on the chic side of outfit chaos, keep these few guidelines (not rules) in mind:
+ Start out by matching a neutral print with a busier, coloured print
+ Mix prints with similar colour palettes
+ Use solid accessories or layer additional pieces to tone down an outfit (scarves, shoes, blazers, belts, cardigans)
+ Mix a large print with a smaller one
I mixed my $4 thrift store score checkered dress shirt with a striped skirt from Club Monaco. Two prints for the price of one.