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How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown


Unless you’re oblivious to the current fashion forecast, the weatherman is calling for prints, prints and more prints. Mixing two prints in the same outfit is an art form that can look absolutely stunning or terribly frightful. Check out our tips for mixing prints so you can look like an icon, not an idiot.

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

1. Mix patterns that have similar prints or forms. It’s important to keep a theme going. In the below D&G look from the Spring 2011 collection, both the prints of the shirt and skirt are florals. With an added splash of the peachy color in the top, the look is coherent to the eye. Another example is the leopard tunic and pants from the Blumarine Spring 2011 show.

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

D&G Spring 2011

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Blumarine Spring 2011

 

2. Keep an outfit consistent with patterns that share similar shapes. As you can see in the look from the Etro Spring 2011 collection, the blue and white squares from the top repeat in the skirt. Although the skirt is busy and the top is tamer, the eye seamlessly moves from top to bottom without getting lost in the patterns.

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Etro Spring 2011

 

3. Repeat the same pattern in different colors and sizes when pairing. This elegant look from the Jil Sander Spring 2011 show combines vertical stripes with horizontal and a bold color with a muted one. It works because the patterns are the same size. The look from the Prada Spring 2011 line can also be referenced for the use of the same exact pattern in different sizes.

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Jil Sander Spring 2011

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Prada Spring 2011

 

4. Patterns containing the same color tones go well together. In the Charlotte Ronson look, navy keeps the patterns consistent even though they’re completely different. Hard stripes and soft florals mesh well because they have color in common. Event the craziest mix of patterns can look coherent when color stays consistent. Red and blue throughout the entire outfit make this Wunderkind look a breeze to wear.

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Charlotte Ronson Spring 2011

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Wunderkind Spring 2011

 

5. Similar fabrics make two different prints look like they were meant to be. Both the top and the skirt of this Bensoni Spring 2011 look are made of light, airy fabrics. It’s good to keep cotton with cotton, silk with silk, you get the picture.

How to Mix Spring Prints Without Looking Like a Clown

Bensoni Spring 2011

 

What are your favorite prints to mix?

LINK LOVE: Street style photo from HarpersBazaar.com, All other photos from Style.com

Contributed by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.