Oct 22, 2009

Mixing and Matching Prints Together with Style?

I wore this burgundy print dress out to dinner the other night and because I was in such a rush I totally forgot a wrap or jacket to ward off chilly Socal night. As default, I had to make do with a print wrap that was in the car. (*Darn it!) All night, I felt as if I committed unspeakable fashion crime by mixing prints. I would gladly go without the wrap but freezing to death was not very savvy or wise. I had to compromise and pretended I got dress in the dark.

What I Am Wearing:

-BGBG burgundy wrap print dress
-Vintage ostrich clutch --- Thanks to Savvy Mom
-Beige Tod's heels --- Not shown but many of you know this is one of my favorite pairs already.

Anyhoo, even though I was not happy with print overdose the other night, mixing right prints together is quite savvy. Normally I will pair a print piece with a solid piece so there won't be an explosion of contrasting prints (ie. a floral top with jeans or solid color bottoms). However, the adventurous me wants to do something different, perhaps with more flair. SO, I turn to BFF Michelle, the super image consultant, for some tips:

So when mixing multiple prints make sure that at least the colors match. Ideally, prints are most harmonious to the eye when one is larger than the other. So don’t be afraid of mixing herringbone with plaid because they can be fun. But floral and plaid, maybe not so much… because the last thing we want is for someone to make fun of our prints like in “Ugly Betty”....
I have learned I should mix prints from the same color family and avoid mixing patterns that are too different in size. It is savvy to mix small with medium or medium with large. However mixing large patterns with small patterns won't be as easy on the eyes. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to put together stylish multi-pattern outfits to share. How do you mix and match different print elements together?

48 comments:

  1. Love this look! That clutch is so gorgeous!

    As a plus-sized gal, I often feel that if I try to do prints, they just emphasize things I don't want to be emphasized, so I tend to stick to solids.

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  2. If I'm not sure of how to mix and match (goes for anything), I just try stuff in front of the mirror until it clicks! I just saw nautical stripes mixed with a leopard coat on another blog and it looked pretty promising... that will be my next mixing attempt.

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  3. Your dress is just perfect :).

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  4. Your mom has fab taste SG,
    The classic ostrich clutch is beautiful!

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  5. i think sea of shoes and the glamourai mix prints/patterns better than anybody else!! etro is also a good place to look for inspiration. the general tip is to look for colors in the same family and in different sizes. but i am pretty good at doing this for men more so than myself.

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  6. You read my mind- I want to mix prints so much, but I don't really know how to go about it. This post is just what I needed. Thank you so much!! :)

    xoxo
    Amy
    thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

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  7. I feel so cool right now. :-) I have a dress just like that!!

    Pearl

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  8. you look GORGEOUS- that dress looks great on you!

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  9. I love that dress! It is so classy and colorful. Looks great on you. :)

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  10. You look so beautiful, dear!!! Fantastic dress.
    That's a great tip about mixing prints. I'm not comfortable with prints... But I want to learn and try :)

    xoxo

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  11. Hi there-I love your dress my dear! I haven't been brave enough to clash or match prints, maybe I'll give it a go!!

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  12. I love the dress!! The print is so pretty!

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  13. goodness you have such a perfetct little figure!

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  14. I think that is such a super fun way to funk your look!

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  15. Lovely dress and you looked so lovely as well. I don't have the talent to mix and match prints that's why I stick with the safe no-print look. I envy your creativity.

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  16. Hmm I think it's easier if the prints are geometric, like pairing a subtle pinstriped piece with polka dots or wider stripes.

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  17. Gorgeous look, darling!
    That wrap dress is stunning on you!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  18. it's not only the dress i like on you but
    your beautiful smile.

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  19. Cute look- love the dress. I want to mix and match more...good rules!

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  20. Wow, I really love the clutch! It makes the outfit stand out.... plus I feel beige is a great substitute for black, it almost goes w/ anything, but provides an unexpected burst of color, lightening the mood as well...

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  21. Hi there, Im brand spanking new here and loving this print!It works soo well for you! Sharon xxoo

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  22. Sorry but I dont like that BCBG dress very much.. :/

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  23. i like the outfit

    http://sayang-j.blogspot.com/

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  24. i haven't tried multi-patterned outfits... usually i just go with one patterned piece of clothing and go with solid colors for the rest of my outfit. i havn't been bold enough to mix! haha! ;P

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  25. I love the wrap dress. A great print to mix and match with.

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  26. totally looks great on you. the clutch is very chic!

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  27. hehe I don't think I have the guts to mix 2 diff prints together! I usually wear 1 print and 1 solid just to be safe! I do love your dress :D

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  28. I just experiment and use my eye - sometimes I like things to clash but only if it works in a good way.

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  29. Wow, you are looking gorgeous in that dress and that purse is TO DIE FOR. I must have something like that. I sold my only clutch at a yard sale. :( As for mixing prints, I usually feel okay when I'm out and about, but looking at the pictures often makes me cringe. So I must not be too good at it.

    xx
    Julia

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  30. I love the look of print mixing

    you look so pretty!

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  31. I don't usually like prints very much but sometimes I love to mix some patterned skirt or shorts with simple shirts! You look so lovely in that dress! xxooxxoo

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  32. I would love to take a look in your mom's closet :)

    I really like that dress on you. So pretty!

    I don't mix prints...i'm boring and prefer not to stick out too much!

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  33. Yes, I am a fan of mixing and matching! "Fashion fades, style is eternal." -Coco Chanel

    Your last post was veery interesting! I was reading your timeline and I was like OMG- but then I saw your own opinion. I think it's hard to put a timeline on a relationship. Obv, there comes a time where if he isn't going to commit then it's time to move on. And I also agree about age. I have my eye on someone 8 years older than me and have several friends who have 9 or 10 years between then. It's about finding the right person :) If you haven't found Mr. Right, don't settle for Mr. Right Now!! Great posts!! Xo

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  34. That dress looks amazing on you!

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  35. There are people who can't pull this off. You did it well! Good job! :)

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  36. i am a little leery of mixing prints, but i should at least TRY it! :)

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  37. Great look! You pull it off perfectly! I will have to try it out!

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  38. I love how you mixed and matched the red print with that wonderful clutch!

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  39. hahaha! the ugly betty code of dressing.

    oh i love your dress. Perfect kind of print.
    HAve a great day pretty lady.

    I Am Denise Katipunera

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  40. Oh wow, I'm not sure whether I like the clutch or dress more. They are both perfect.

    I never used to mix prints and still don't do it often, but I've slowly started to try it out. I had to think about it, but I pretty much follow your friend's advice - I try to keep the prints in the same color family, and if they are going to be close together on my body, I try not to mix two patterns that are close to the same scale.
    I also find I kind of like it when patterns are subtly echoed elsewhere in the outfit, like a houndstooth scarf and microcheck tights.
    This is probably the most pattern mixing I've done recently in one outfit. The trousers have a small scale microcheck pattern, the shirt has a medium scale stripe pattern, and the scarf is a larger, bolder graphic that picks up the color of both the pants and shirt.

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  41. You look fab.. and thanks for sharing those tips about mixing different prints!

    xo, Becs

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  42. The burgubdy print is very nice.

    Secretia

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