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!
Photos by Michelle Kyle