Unique Ideas for Mixing Prints in Fashion For Beginners

Mixing prints in fashion is one of those concepts that people either love or hate. Yet it’s done all the time in home design to add interest to a room. Now even if you can’t imagine wearing two prints together, I have some beginner options that everyone can try. Of course I also added in a more advanced style too.

Attitudes are so important. Even if you tell yourself you don’t like it, I think it’s a good exercise to ask yourself “WHY?”

Because I feel like the more I have opened my mind to different possibilities in clothing and outfits, the more I am opened to other things in life. Who knew clothing could be so life changing?

For these examples of mixing prints in fashion, I worked with some ideas that might be easier for those of you who can’t imagine ever wearing two prints. And I used the same pair of pants in all of these examples. In the past, I used this concept with shoes, scarves, and purses. So now we have advanced to actual clothing items.

I would also like to point out that men have been mixing prints in fashion for years with their plaid blazers and print shirts or ties. And my theory that is if they can do it, then we can do it better!!

Mixing Prints in Fashion with Texture

Texture. It’s a quality that every outfit should have incorporated into it. That’s why when you always combine cotton and cotton, or silky and silky, the outfit can sometimes fall flat. So the idea of combining a texture in a solid color could be the easy first step to mixing prints in fashion.

Graphic Tee

Since most graphic tees have a solid background, this is another way to ease into mixing prints in fashion. While graphic tees may seem silly or too young, I want to argue the pros about them.

Graphic tees can say a message that really speaks to us without saying a word. We have  styled them on the blog in the past, and I think they are ageless.

Embroidered Top

An embroidered top isn’t much different than a graphic tee. It’s the solid background with just a little print on it. Therefore, from the back view (which you know is just as important as the front view), it appears like a solid.

I’d like to point out that even  Lesley used this concept in a post this summer. So if she can do it, so can you!!

Small Print Same Colors

These smaller prints are the ones that from a distance look like solid. This is one of the “rules” of print mixing that maybe you’ve read.

Combine a large print with a small print and start with prints that have the same colors in them.

Subtle Print

I’d consider a subtle print almost like the small print above except it’s not small. The other difference in this example, is I chose a totally different color scheme.

Make sure to check out the blog post for an advanced example of print mixing with these exact same pants.

And have fun experimenting with different prints and colors in your closet. You'll expand your wardrobe this way.

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Jodie Filogomo
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  • Sagree Govender Lessmann Sagree Govender Lessmann on Feb 03, 2021

    Wow! Cool! Thanks for these ideas. Always thought I could not wear my print pants with print Ts, Now I know better :D

    • Jodie Filogomo Jodie Filogomo on Feb 03, 2021

      I think the more we do it the easier it gets...and it shows what a creative personality we have that way!! Thanks!!

  • Central Florida Chic Central Florida Chic on Feb 03, 2021

    Ok, but these pants?! I'm in love!

    • Jodie Filogomo Jodie Filogomo on Feb 03, 2021

      Aren't they wonderful?? They are from Banana Republic at least 4 years ago and I still wear them a ton!!