Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Style Fears: Print Mixing

You hear about it all the time on design shows, yet I still hear/ experience people being hesitant about straying off the time-tested path of solid+print.  I am no exception to this.  As I searched my past posts
to find imagery for this post I only came across a few examples of print mixing in my wardrobe.  Perhaps I should make a conscious effort to try it more often.  

Most people will say to try to choose prints within the same color story, much like the boots and romper I posted about yesterday.  This pairing works because both floral prints are calling to a certain shade of pink.  Sometimes when people do this they might also pair a larger print with a smaller print as to create contrast with the scale.  These combinations sometimes take finessing to find the perfect, balanced outcome.  If you're doing this, its probably good form to also have some sort of solid to anchor the patterns.  

Personally, I really like pairing conversational prints (such as the bunny sweater above) with another style of print, like a colored plaid. One of these days I'm going to post an outfit that pairs a conversational print sailboat scarf with a plaid shirt, with both of them calling out mints and pinks.  There are a lot of fun things you can do with conversational prints.  

Another option that I am quite partial to is mixing a print with a texture.  This calls another element into the outfit without necessarily bringing in another print.  It also adds a little depth and interest to your outfit.  I literally had someone come up to my and ask to feel my sweater one time when I was wearing the above sweater at work.  Other examples of this might be a conversational print top with a sequined or lace skirt, or a striped dress with a crocheted purse.  The possibilities are endless!

- The Lovely Red Fox

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