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How to combine prints and patterns: My 4 top tips

I have been on a mission, a MISSION I tell you, to incorporate more prints and patterns into my wardrobe. You guys, I have lived a life of bland and I am so over it. That whole business about not mixing prints is so tired and it is about time we put that nonsense to rest, once and for all. I am here today to tell you, in no uncertain terms, that you can, NAY, you SHOULD be mixing your prints.

I am going to share with you a few of the tips that have worked really well for me. So if you have been wanting to dip your toes into the cool and relaxing waters of mixed prints, keep reading. This post is just for you!


You want to start off with a few classic items. French stripes and leopard print are the easiest pair ever. Leopard print comes across like this loud, scary print but in truth, it is one of the most versatile prints out there. If you’ve fallen for the trend and have stocked up on some leopard print, why not try mixing it up with some pale pink polka dots, stripes (careful here, you want those stripes to be nice and thin), or soft florals. Try and swap out your basic black bottoms for a leopard print skirt or dare I suggest, pants. You will end up pairing the same kind of top with it. It is THAT versatile.


For example, two kinds of snakeskin or two kings of gingham or two kinds of polka dots. Prints from the same family are quite complimentary. Watch out for the colours and you’ll be fine.


I find that sticking to complementary colour palettes is key when you’re just starting out. It’s pretty straight forward to combine a floral skirt with a shirt of a matching hue. You’ve got this. Another great trick is to combine similar lighter and darker shades. So if you have bold floral pants with a strong navy undertone, pair it with a top with lighter blue shades.


Sometimes we get so hung up on the prints we forget a whole world of texture (crushed velvet, I’m looking at you). I absolutely LOVE, ADORE and even WORSHIP rich textures. Bring on the bold florals and faux fur jacket, bring on the sequins and velour. There is nothing quite as fun as the combination of bold prints and bold textures.

Ok, now that you have my 4 top tips for going bonkers with prints, patterns and textures, I would like to challenge you to try just one outfit where you’re working it, boldly. Take us on Instagram so I can see what you come up with!

If you’re looking for a few fresh ideas, why not jump over to Pinterest and start a dedicated prints board?


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