Monday, April 18, 2011

Mixing Prints

When it comes to pairing pieces together, I tend to lean towards the "safe" combinations.  I don't take a lot of risks when mixing colors and prints.  But, sometimes a dash of the unexpected is just what's needed to elevate an outfit from ho-hum to interesting & complex.  A simple combination to start with is stripes & florals.  Stripes are almost like a neutral and are the easiest to pair with other prints without clashing.  Some examples:
Start small with a classic nautical tee and scarf - easy to pair with jeans, khakis or shorts for a casual look.
If you're feeling more bold, try a fitted striped tank with a flowing a-line skirt for a fun & playful style.

Rules to follow when mixing prints:
- Make sure they are in the same color family or at least one of the colors is   consistent in both prints.
- Go for smaller or muted prints so it isn't overwhelming.
- Pair loose prints (florals, polka dots, animal print) with structured prints (stripes, plaid, abstract).

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2 comments :

joles family said...

Getting close to needing to buy sandles for the summer. Flats preferred. Can you do a post on that? I don't want to buy some that is 3 years out of style.

Kimberly said...

Absolutely - look for my affordable sandal picks for the season in tomorrow's post! :)

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