{Outfit Inspiration} Mixed Prints

Wow — thanks for all the fabulous suggestions and opinions on the Mirror/Mantel debate yesterday! However, you were so split that I’m not sure I’m any closer to deciding! I’ve got an idea and hope to share it with you soon, though.

Until then, let’s talk turkey fashion. I love combining unexpected colors, but even more, I love combining prints!

Picnik collage

The days of matchy-matchy are long gone, and I always find myself drawn to rooms with a large mix of patterns. Layering prints makes a room vibrant and energetic, and adds more levels of interest.






The same principles of mixing prints in decor, apply to fashion.

1) Mix patterns that are on different scales so they don’t become visually lost in each other, like the small check and large floral.
2) Keep the colors and intensity similar. The pink in my shirt and skirt are the same, therefore unifying the two.
3) Limit the number of prints to keep the whole thing from becoming a hot mess! I paired only two prints, and left the shoes and accessories neutral.

Picnik collage

I could have easily paired this skirt with any number of solid color tops, but the check kicks the outfit up a notch, don’t you think?

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People often tell me, “I wish I could wear those mixed colors and prints!” My answer is always, “You can!” If you like them on other people, why wouldn’t you like them on yourself? I started with babysteps, mixing patterns in neutral colors. Now my problem is going too far (I’m itching to try this combo with a striped sweater!).

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Here’s a little peek behind the scenes of the outfit photo sessions….Mr. Sugarplum usually snaps them as we’re running (late) out the door for work and school. I’m lucky if I get 3 shots in before someone runs in front of the camera, or my son lays on honks the horn….thus why you get the same lame poses every time!


So what do you think about mixing patterns…in decor and your closet? Do you take chances or play it safe?

checks and floral

{Outfit Details: Top: Mossimo Target; Skirt: F21; Cage Wedges: Jessica Simpson; Jewels: F21 & JCrew}

***Linking this post with The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore Wednesday!***

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