10 Tips on Mixing Prints

When I first started as a LuLaRoe Retailer I was a little nervous about this whole “mixing prints” thing, although I was ready to take on the challenge.  I am one that loves to try new things and I figured I could manage this.

You see, I would look online and see pictures models with stripes AND floral and never thought twice about it.  I realized it was because these prints coordinated, and really worked to give the outfit more visual interest.

Needless to say, I found myself hooked with stripes, polka dots, and finding a new way to jazz up what I was wearing.

Early on I made a video with my daughter trying to teach a few of these skills.  If you are in the mood for a good laugh check it out.

Since then I have honed my “power clashing” skills and feel I have a good handle on what does and doesn’t work.  Once you practice it a bit it gets easier!  Here are my top 10 tips on how to mix prints!

1.  KEEP COLORS IN THE SAME FAMILY

This means keep pastels with pastels.  Jewel tones with jewel tones.  You get the picture.

2.  REPLACE A COLOR WITH A PATTERN IN THE SAME COLOR

Take a solid blue top and replace it with a monochromatic blue top.  Blue stripes.  Blue dots. Blue floral.

3.  MAKE SURE BOTH PRINTS HAVE ONE COMMON COLOR

Make sure that the two prints that you have actually have a color in common. It makes those prints feel more cohesive with each other.

4. THERE ARE CERTAIN PRINTS AND PATTERNS THAT GO WITH EVERYTHING!  THEY ARE NEUTRAL PRINTS.

These prints are stripes, polka dots, and leopard. If you have a leopard print, a stripe, a polka dot, those are going to mix with anything. Those are prints and patterns that you can put with any other print or pattern and it’s going to look phenomenal.

5. THINK ABOUT THE SIZE AND SCALE OF PRINTS THAT YOU ARE MIXING.

The thing to remember here is you don’t want the patterns competing with each other. You don’t want prints of the same scale.  You can use a micro-polka dot with a large floral print. The large floral will be the show stopper, and the polka dot will compliment it.  This leads to the next point…

6. CHOOSE ONE PRINTS AS YOUR MAIN FOCUS AND ACCENT IT WITH OTHERS.

Make sure that you have one print that is very obviously the focal point of your outfit and then add in other prints in different sizes, in different scales.  When you step back from the whole outfit, you should know the real showstopper.

7.  ADD IN A SOLID PIECE TO GROUND AN OUTFIT WITH MULTIPLE PRINTS.

A great way to bring together an outfit with multiple prints is to layer it with a solid piece. A black and white striped top paired with a black based floral print is really pulled together if you layer a black cardigan over top.

8. TRY FLORAL WITH FLORAL

Keep in mind colors and the scale of the prints, but floral with floral can be really beautiful.

9. COLORS ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE COLOR WHEEL ARE COMPLIMENTARY

I know this isn’t about mixing prints, but it is a great way to mix color if you want to wear solids, but don’t want to wear monchromatic clothing.

10. BE CONFIDENT AND GO FOR IT!

I think we get too caught up in what others might think. The best think you can wear is confidence, and that will show through any outfit you put on!

For even more information about each tip, check out this video!