Print Mixing 101 (Part I)

One of my friends mentioned that mixing different prints and patterns in a single outfit doesn’t exactly come naturally to her, so – voila! – this is the first of a three-part PRINT MIXING 101 series šŸ™‚

I thinkĀ that as long as a certain taste level is maintained, there aren’t any real, definite rules to personal style. However, mixing and clashing prints is a fashion phenomenon that can seem a little daring and daunting at first. But just imagine: the freedom to wear what you want and what feels good without the confines of being matchy-matchy all the time. Not that there’s anything wrong with being matchy-matchy; it’s all about options, and a girl has GOT to have options :-).

  • Pair similar prints in varying scale or direction, for example try wide stripes with thin ones; vertical with horizontal; large dots with smaller dots.Ā For another illustration of this principle in action, check out thisĀ Stripe-o-RamaĀ post from Kristi atĀ biscuits&NAVY. I want every. single. item. in her look!

My hubby, who is also my photographer (or should I say, “my photographer, who is also my hubby” to sound more professional, LOL), had such a pained look on his face while shooting this outfit that I had to ask him what in the world was wrong. He said, “I just don’t think that goes together. You know, all those stripes and some are going this way and some are going that way…” I was ROTFL – in my head – but I calmly explained, “Honey, that’s the point.” I could tell he wasn’t convinced, though.

  • Shirt: Madewell
  • Skirt: J Crew
  • Sunnies: Ray-Ban

  • Add a patterned accessory.Ā Printed shoes, belts, scarves, and bags are a super-easy way to toss another pattern into an outfit.

  • Shirt, Shorts, and Belt: J Crew
  • Shoes: Madewell
  • Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Ā Check out PRINT MIXING 101 (PART II) and (Part III)!

Do you have any things you need shopped or any questions or dilemmas you’d like addressed (within the scope of the blog, of course)? Definitely let me know in the comments section, send me anĀ email, or contact me via Twitter @JoySunshineBlog!

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