March 12, 2018

How to Mix Prints: Stripes and Fruits

Sydne Style shows how to mix prints with stripes and fruit patternsA 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 denimPhotos by Michelle Kyle

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

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  1. Simplement Lui commented:

    This is all about creativity and it’s one of the most attractive thing in fashion I think 😉

    Published 3.12.18 Reply
    • Sydne Summer commented:

      Thanks so much! Always fun to be creative 🙂

      Published 3.12.18 Reply
  2. Natali commented:

    Such a cute and funky outfit!! Love the way you’ve mixed and matched everything! 🙂

    Published 3.12.18 Reply
    • Sydne Summer commented:

      Glad you like it!

      Published 3.12.18 Reply
  3. Rachel commented:

    I love that top. I don’t know why the title “Stripes, prints, and fruit” struck me as hilarious!

    Published 3.13.18 Reply
  4. illy junus commented:

    love how you mix the prints and fruit

    Published 4.7.18 Reply

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