While mixing prints and patterns has the capacity to go horribly wrong, it equally offers you the ability to let your own styling personality shine without looking busy or too loud. You don’t have to depend on basic denim for your favorite floral printed top or play it safe when wearing patterned pants. You can do both!
It’s all about selection. Leopard print, polka dots, camo, and stripes can almost be treated like neutrals at this point particularly if the pattern is only made up of two colors. The same goes for a print that is all one color but with different shades of it or different levels of transparency (take a look at those Adam Selman pants below).
For beginner print-mixing consider prints in the same family just different sizes and colors. Gingham works for this. Using a consistently repetitious pattern like stripes can go with a less structured print like floral, and it doesn’t need to just stick to your tops and bottoms. You can easily do a printed pants, with a graphic top, and a floral bag once you master working these all together. And don’t forget the signature pattern for your favorite brands!
Check out for ‘fit suggestions below.
By Rae Witte
1. Tuck in or tie the top
2. Jacket and printed pant combo
Opening Ceremony x Dickies workwear slacks