Despite what many may think, there is a way to mix and match patterns and prints together without looking like a circus clown. Mixing different patterns and textures together can create a funky, trendy look. Designers such as Basso & Brooke, Anna Sui and Dries Van Noten give great examples of how to successfully mix together prints in their 2010 collections.
Stripes, horizontal and vertical, are a great basic palette to start with when mixing together prints. The first thing to keep in mind is the direction of the stripe. As I’m sure we have all heard, horizontal stripes make you look larger, while vertical stripes elongate the body, creating a slimmer look. These are things to keep in mind when picking out a stripe to create this look. Black and white prints are also a great basic to build your look on. Black and White prints look good on all body types and are a great way to accent bright colors.
Different prints in the same color palette really help to create a tribal/Aztec look- which is popular right now. For the Plus size woman a small print on the bottom with a larger print on the top is ideal to create a balanced look that will not be too busy on the body. Black and White stripes are great to mix with Animal prints, while Polka dot and floral go best together. For example, a great floral print skirt with lots of blue, green, red and orange hues would look great paired with a polka dot shirt in blue, or green. Accenting, not adding colors is an important element in mixing.
Accessories are also a good way to mix and match. Stacking printed bangles in complementing colors are a brilliant way to add a little edge to any outfit. Leopard print earrings, stacks of patterned bangles and stripes, with a pair of leopard pumps really help accessorize a plain white tee and perfect fitting jean!
So don’t be afraid of mixing prints together, if you pay attention to details and wear prints that complement your body type you will look fabulous! Have fun, mix it up, and give your favorite silhouette a little spice!