How to Mix Prints and Patterns by Mary

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Hi, I'm Mary from Happily Grey, my personal fashion journal capturing images of expression through effortless style of myself and others, incorporating clothing, decor, and special moments. I’m happily married to my best friend who has unknowingly become quite the photographer through this fun hobby of mine. I love the combination of colors, prints, and patterns paired together to give a fresh, trendy look. Read on to know how I mix prints and patterns.


This look came together when I first spotted this adorable pink polka-dotted skirt! Polka dots are a timeless pattern that can be worn by any age group in any style. I initially tried styling my spotty motif with a bold solid only to find it boring, forgettable, and desperately in need of a print! Incorporating mixed prints is a great way to freshening up your wardrobe and provides more variety and depth to your looks. When I came across this small navy and white checkered shirt I knew it was a perfect match for a few reasons:  the mix of navy really allows the pink to pop, the small checkers complement the oversized dots rather than competing, providing a smooth transition into the next print, and most importantly, it's super comfy and lightweight! I finished the look by adding a preppy blazer, nude pump, and a chunky chain necklace.


A few things to remember when mixing prints…

  • Use prints with variation of size. Generally, two large prints will compete & appear unbalanced rather than flow. Here I chose an oversized polka dot (my large print) and paired it with the smaller checkered pattern. 
  • Choose colors that complement each other. This will aid in a smooth transition from print to print and allow the colors to pop. Also, having one common color quietly mixed in between the two prints gives the look continuity. 
  • Be confident! Mixing prints, patterns, and color is trendy, hip, and most importantly fun! If you are not quite ready for print-on-print, work with a solid and print combo and gradually work your way there!


14 comments :

  1. This is just the kind of stuff I've been wanting to do to spice up my wardrobe!

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  2. Gorgeous pairing! Love it. And that it has a great classic blazer anchor.

    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge


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  3. I adore this combination! What I wouldn't give for some pink polka dots. I'll try it my best!


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  4. Hey the skirt is from Nordstrom's BP

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  5. The blazer is from Nordstrom's BP

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  6. Love your look. I'm going to have to copy it. I just need to find my white shorts and somehow put pink dots on it. Great blazer, where did you find it?

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  7. Such a cute outfit !
    Where did you get the skirt?


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  8. BOLD is an understatement for this outfit but it looks so great together!

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  9. This is a great combination. Where is your button up from??

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  10. Thanks for this fun post - I love print mixing - the wilder and an odder the mix, the better for me. :)
    xoxo
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  11. I love her outfit! Great post and thanks for sharing xoxox

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  12. ohhh my goodness. cutest outfit ever. So fun and bright. I seriously am going to be scouting the internet for a pink polka dot skirt now. Love the pattern mixing!

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  13. This skirt is WAY too short to be modest - just sayin!

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