On a scale of tricky trends, mixing prints is high on the list. But here’s the good news; it isn’t hard to master the art of mixing and matching prints. Once you learn these simple tricks of the trade, you’ll be pairing patterns like an expert in no time. We promise, it’s a lot easier than it looks.
1. Know Your Neutrals
In the world of mixing and matching, stripes and leopard prints are considered neutrals. They’ll go with just about anything. Beginning with either print is a good starting point if you want to begin mixing and matching.
2. Play with Size
The same print in different sizes will pair well together every single time, regardless of the color scheme. If you want to play it safe, start with stripes and play with the different widths and colors.
3. Stick to Similar Tones
When your prints don’t match, your color story should. In other words, pair pastels with other pastels. The same goes for earth tones and jeweled tones which look best when paired together.
4. Combine Neighboring Colors
Look on a color wheel and choose one hue. That will be the shade of your main pattern. The two colors on either side of it will be the color of another pattern you select or use as an accent color like a belt or a purse. So for example, let’s go with the color green on the wheel. Next to green on either side is blue and yellow. So the focus color is green and the accent color will be blue or yellow because of where it falls on the wheel next to green. This example is featured perfectly below with the green Michael Kors top and the blue Eloquii print Kady pant.
5. Team Up with Base Colors
When you have a print that has a base color (one color that stands out in the print the most), team it up with another print that’s the same color. In styling terms, it’s equivalent of wearing a solid. As shown below, the main base color you see here is black.