Use Similar Colour Palettes
Choosing prints that feature some of the same colours is an easy way to make sure they’ll work together. If you’re wearing just one print, usually the idea of similar colours comes in when choosing what else to wear with it, so just use this same method to pick out your other print (or prints). Start with your top; we’ll use the Flourish Sassed Crop Top for this example. Its main colours are blue, pink, and white. The Daisy Striped Shorts have a similar colour palette and the shades of those colours are even very close! These two pieces look cute together and the prints, though very different in terms of shape, have colours that work together.
Use Similar Prints
Prints that are similar go together quite easily, especially if the colours are close. This can mean combining different floral prints into one outfit or different geometrics; they have similar shapes and lines which helps create an odd kind of cohesion. Using simple prints with slight variations is a great way to mix patterns in a sophisticated way. The Flossy Carlia Tunic, for example, has a black and white grid design on top. A black pencil skirt with a larger-scale diagonal grid pattern featuring thinner white lines would be perfect for it. Both pieces would have very similar lines but enough variation to create some very stylish interest.
This is another concept that can be applied to many kinds of outfits and certainly works with prints: choose one piece to be the focus and build in a way to complement it. Your dominant print will typically be one that is more colourful, busier, or larger scale. For your other prints, simpler or smaller is best. In this situation, certain prints, like classic stripes or polka dots, are often used as you might use neutrals in other outfits. If you choose a vibrant floral piece, like the Adore Floral Top, to be dominant, using a skirt like the Madam Skirt is perfect. Its black and white stripes are clean and simple, complementing the excitement in the floral and adding to the style of the overall look.
Work In Some Solids
If you’re using two or more prints, adding in some solid colour can help to break up the business of the patterns and ground it a bit. This is a great technique to use if you want to mix a couple of your printed pieces but don’t want your outfit to be too bold (not all pattern mixing has to be bold!). For an outfit like the Sweetness Pink Pastels Dress with a black and white polka dot belt, adding a little pink bolero will keep the look colourful but reign in the quirkiness of the print combination.
Variety is the spice of life, and you see a lot of it when looking at stylish women’s clothes so finding prints of different sizes should be simple—you might even already have a bunch in your closet! When wearing multiple prints of the same scale, they tend to compete with one another and it creates a strange effect. Including prints of larger and smaller scale helps the different patterns create an outfit that is really fabulous! Putting together two pieces like the Preppy Crop Top and a Madam Skirt work together for this reason; the thick stripes in the top act as the larger print and balance out the smaller scale, more ornate pattern of the skirt.
Use Texture and Tone-on-Tone Patterns
Not all prints feature a lot of colour—you can have single-colour fabrics with incredible patterns woven or embossed into them! Even textured fabrics like corduroy or plissé can act as prints when you want to add some interest without too many colours. These fabrics are also great additions to outfits that already feature a bold print or two. For a print mixing with piece like the Dolly Aztec Playsuit, a jacket like the Fanciful Cardi-Jacket is a great option because the solid colour of it will complement the vibrancy of the chevron print without adding more business onto it and the subtle pattern throughout gives is a little extra something special.