Mixing and matching prints without looking like a clown

With cold weather comes the need for layering. And the need for layering comes with the ‘solids or prints’ dilemma. On one hand, wearing all black all the time (and occasionally throwing in some color or print) is one of the fastest ways to look effortlessly stylish. On the other hand life’s too short not to take some fashion risks! Here is my crash course on mixing and matching prints without looking like a clown. Instead of using images from the web, I decided to show some examples using my own wardrobe.

Know your color scheme


Are you sticking to colors similar to each other like pinks and purples? Or are you picking a main color and an accent color? Ex. Red with a pop of yellow. Think about which color combinations work really well for you. There’s a bit of color theory involved! However, knowing what type of color scheme you want is a good place to start. When in doubt, you can never go wrong with pairing a black and white print with a color one.

Contrasting shades


I don’t know if it’s just me, but I hardly ever feel comfortable in an outfit where all the tones are too similar. For example, I’d never wear medium blue with medium yellow. However, dark blue with pale yellow is another story. If I’m wearing something that’s pastel, I’d pair it with darker pieces rather than pastel ones. Unless I’m wearing all black, I’d feel too washed out if all dark colors. There really aren’t any rights or wrongs in fashion, but this is a little quirk I have to not feel like a blob.

Vary the sizes


When prints are worn right next to each other, I feel that it would look too “busy” if the sizes of the print motifs are too similar. It’s sort of like when you get vibrating boundaries in color theory. So if you want to wear a something with small motifs, pair it with something with large motifs. This way, you can get some really nice contrast going in your outfit. Once again, there’s no right or wrong, but this is what helped me achieve some interesting outfits.

Vary the type


Have some fun playing around with pairing different types of garments and accessories. You don’t always have to pair a top with something to wear over it. You could pair a top with a scarf, a skirt with cardigan, a dress with a jacket and a handbag, stamped nail art with pants. There are many possibilities out there. Since I have so many printed dresses, I love exploring different things I can wear them with.

Be bold!

This is more of a psychological tip than a fashion tip, but I’d say it’s just as important. Why are you mixing and matching prints anyways? Is it to express your fun-loving and vibrant personality? Or maybe you’re kind of shy like me and need a fashion boost now and again. In any case, wear your outfit daringly because you are a force to be reckoned with!
How do you wear prints?
Let’s chat in the comments below

7 comments on “Mixing and matching prints without looking like a clown

  1. Jannie Hines

    hi!,I like your writing very so much! share we keep up a correspondence more about your post on AOL? I need an expert on this space to solve my problem. Maybe that is you! Having a look forward to peer you.


  2. Julia Byrd

    I do trust all the ideas you have introduced in your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are too short for newbies. May you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.


  3. Nice weblog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you the use of? Can I am getting your affiliate link for your host? I desire my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol


    • I believe Onah, our admin, is using a WordPress template and paying for the domain name…so I suppose it’s hosted by WordPress? Hope this helps!


  4. You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation however I to find this matter to be actually one thing that I think I would never understand. It sort of feels too complex and extremely wide for me. I’m taking a look ahead to your next put up, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!


  5. Nice blog right here! Additionally your site lots up fast! What web host are you using? Can I am getting your associate link on your host? I want my site loaded up as fast as yours lol


  6. Pingback: Overcoming fashion struggles of a tall gal – this gets deep

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: