Mixing prints and patterns is a sublime way to make a summery statement. However, combining contrasting styles, shapes, and textures is an artful approach that requires some balance between know-how and “no rules.” Don’t be afraid. We asked our ModStylists to share some expert tips for pattern mixing in bold (but not too busy) ways…
Print Mixing 101
Styling Tip: Beginner level! Buy a dress that already mixes patterns for you (like this one). Add accessories that are similar colors to those found within the dress, then add pops of accent colors for a little more excitement. Here, the green bag has the same tone as the leaves on the skirt, but it also adds a little bit of fun with a cactus pattern. The goldenrod cardigan pulls the yellow and orange hues from the heels.
Create Cute, Charismatic Combos
Styling Tip: Play with similar patterns on patterns, like stripes in this example. We have a blue-and-white-striped top under an orange-and-white-striped dress that’s punctuated by a playful popsicle print. We kept the accessories in the same color family (a blue bag, an orange necklace), but added some fun on the feet with sheer polka dot socks and flower printed heels. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s all fun, fun, fun!
Work It Into Your Workwear
Styling Tip: Yes, you CAN mix prints for your office wear! We recommend staying in the neutrals, but it depends on how flexible your dress code may be. Here, we stuck with navy, blush, and burgundy tones. We kept the skirt and blazer the focus, added a top with a tiny print underneath, and grounded the look with a solid shoe and bag.
Build It Around the Basics
Styling Tip: Here’s a cute and casual look. To dress up any basic denim, we layered quirky over quirky. We went with a unicorn top underneath an ice cream cone blazer, then paired them with a flamingo bag, confetti-like printed heels, and a colorful hat.
+Well, there you have it. Print and pattern mixing perfection. Now go forth and start mixing things up!