STYLE ADVICE: Mix It Up And Mix Those Prints!

Style Advice of the Week

The trend of mixing prints is everywhere in the fashion industry. From the runways of Chanel and Prada to the streets, what used to be considered a fashion faux paux is now a trending bold statement. Not feeling bold? Is your style is more subtle? No worries! Take a look at this week’s Fashionista. She demonstrates that there are several ways to subtly mix patterns and prints using neutral colors by wearing varying shades of white, black and gray.

It’s important to keep in mind that color balances out the shapes of the print. When mixing your favorite prints it’s good to have one common color between the two patterns – like black. Another thing to remember when choosing your differing prints is that texture is considered to be another example of a pattern. Imagine how fierce a leopard print top would look with a leather skirt. Other popular combinations of mixed prints include stripes with floral, polka-dots and stripes and animal print with polka-dots or plaid. Take note of what Project Runway host Heidi Klum said of mixed patterns: “The same print can be overkill and look like pajamas.”

Our Fashionista chose street-chic gray plaid jeggings – ideal for comfort and style. To mimic her look, Shopbop offers a great pair of fitted plaid pants that you can pair with a leopard print scarf from H&M. You can finish off the feminine punk look with a versatile black wool peacoat and a pair of combat boots.


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