The Secret to Mix and Matching Prints

There is something that I like to refer to as the “not matching match”. I am not 100% sure that it is an actual technical term in fashion, but just work with me on this one. The “not matching match” is when you put several things together that don’t match in a traditional sense, but somehow just work as a complete outfit. Lately, the big thing has been to mix and match prints. This is the perfect example of what I am talking about. And I am here to show you exactly how to mix and match prints so that you look on-trend and ready for summer.
When it comes to mixing prints, a good rule of thumb is to always pair a neutral print with a busier one. For example, floral is really popular this season. So pair your bright floral shorts with a muted striped top. By muted stripes I mean stripes that are shades of the same color. By doing this you are allowing the bright floral shorts to take center stage and the stripes to play off of them. Another tip for mixing prints is to stick to prints that come from the same color groups. For example, pair a black and white striped top with a black and white polka dot cardigan. If you want to wear the same prints, like plaid on plaid, make sure that the plaids are different sizes. Try a large plaid skirt with a blouse that is a smaller plaid. This will make both pieces pop and let people know that you purposely wore the two together. Another great way to mix prints is to find a common color in both prints. For example, if you’re wearing plaid shorts with pink in them, then make sure that the floral top has the same pink in it as well. Last of all, when in doubt always add a solid color into the mix to break up the prints. Find two prints that you like and wear one on top and one on bottom. Then add in a solid colored piece, like a scarf or jacket, to break them up. So tell me, will you be mixing prints this season?

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