Polka Dots with Stripes? How to Style Mismatched Prints


by Maria



One of the most boldest fashion moves we’re all nervous to make is mismatched prints. Polka dot and stripes, a shirt with hearts and a skirt with flowers? But if we look back at the evolution of fashion, mixing prints is something that high fashion designers and fashion moguls have been doing for years. Models grace the runway in different prints and clothing of all shapes and types so why can’t you?

Tip 1: Attitude

Creating a look of mismatched prints starts with your attitude. Trust yourself. When you wear your mismatched prints not everyone will love it. But as long as you do, walk with confidence and people will be drawn to your look. They will ask questions and later, you may see them in the office wearing a look similar to yours. You know you are fabulous, so why doubt it?

Tip 2: Color

Next discover some of your favorite colors. One of other amazing fashion trend that is gaining so much popularity in our spring and summer months, is color blocking. Learning to color block can also assist with matching clothing of different prints to create the ultimate look for brunch, the club, dinner with the parents, or bold, fun, powerful look for work.

Color blocking can assist with determining if the color of print one will pair with the color of print 2. For example, orange and hunter green are great accents of each other. If you happen to find a two pieces with those same color schemes but two different patterns, you may be lucky enough to pair them together especially if you continue reading to tip number three.

Tip 3: Print Size

Comparing the different sizes of the print on your top to the print on your bottom can also assist in mixing and matching to create one final look. The ultimate tip is you want to accentuate the larger print on your bottom piece with the smaller print on the top piece of your clothing. This allows the larger print to act more neutrally and gives a more “matching” look.

Tip 4: Start Small

Start small. Start with socks or a printed hat. Starting small helps to push you forward in expanding your fashion palette. Even mismatching a small hand bag or scarf with your look that has a different color scheme or print than your shirt, blouse, or jacket gives your look a nice pop and will catch the eye of all the on-lookers.

Tip 5: What You Love

Discover the prints you love the most. These prints will act as your foundation. They will help you to transition into wearing mismatched prints and give you ideas on how to mix and match your foundation prints with other prints you stumble upon in your fashion journey. If you love leopard print and plaid, you can attempt to mix the leopard print with a plaid skirt that has a bold color as it’s center. For example, leopard print with a bold royal blue plaid skirt/pants. Leopard always goes amazingly with bold colors and remember tip number 1, color blocking!!!

Tip 6: Research

Research and learn about different patterns. There’s flora, stripes, animal prints, paisley, plaid and so many more! In researching these prints you’ll find pieces that you love. These different prints and colors will help to expand your imagine. Looking at different styles, prints, and matches will inspire you. You’ll find yourself loving a celebrity’s outfit from a Google search and find a way to make it your style. One amazing print mix that is trending heavily is flora and stripes. A beautiful flora top with a mustard background would pair amazingly with long, flowing white and baby blue stripped pants. The baby blue and mustard yellow are an amazing color match. The flora print will add an additional flaire and pair this outfit with a camel colored heel or Oxford shoe. You will be the talk of brunch!

Styling different prints is fun and creative. Trust yourself. In exploring the mismatched trend, you will find how fashion forward you are, how creative you are, and how your unique style defines you and exhibits your best qualities. Fashion is an art. Make yourself the blank canvas and explore the beauty within you!

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