How to Mix Prints: Stripes and Fruits


Sydne Style shows how to mix prints with stripes and fruit patterns A huge trend for spring is mixed prints. I personally love pattern play. Perhaps it’s because I was a Studio Art minor, but I have so much fun creating unique combinations in my outfits and home decor. But I know the trend can be tricky. I had a friend staying with me last weekend when I tried on this outfit and she commented that she would never think to pair so many prints together… but she would totally wear it!

For this outfit, I combined three prints that are big for spring: stripes, gingham and fruit. Below are some option ideas on how you can start mixing prints in your daily outfits depending on how many patterns you want to play with:

Level 1: mixed print beginner

The easiest way to mix prints is to find a piece that does it for you. This sweater features a bold stripe and a gingham sleeve. You could also create your own by layering a printed button-down under a striped or polka dot sweater. If you’re new to the print game, start with black and white prints. You can’t make a mistake! Pair the mixed print top with jeans or pants, then keep your accessories classic with a solid color.

Level 2: moderate print mixing

Let’s take it to the next level. Add a printed accessory. If you want to stick with black and white you can do a striped shoe like my wedges. Check out my Instagram post for an outfit idea with level 2 mixing.

Level 3: Let’s go crazy!

Ok, we have the mixed print top, the printed shoes… now it’s time to add an additional print. Here I went with a fruit pattern bag. Since my other prints are black and white I could really play with any color for my third print. I went bold with this multi-color accessory but you could also do the look with pastels or a more subtle colorful duo.

I hope this guide helps you if you’re experimenting with print mixing this Spring. I love the trend so stay tuned for more mixed print outfit ideas!

Sydne Style shows how to mix prints with casual outfit ideas in grlfrnd denim Photos by Michelle Kyle

Sweater: Talbots
Jeans: Grlfrnd
Bag: Furla
Bracelets: Luca + Danni
Shoes: Talbots
Nails: Essie “Spin the bottle”

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