We get that wearing lots of prints can feel a little scary at first. But, since October is the month to “Wear What Scares You,” we wanted to show you how you can create pattern magic with your closet. And here at Dia&Co, print mixing is one of our favorite ways.
Print mixing is a bold, eye-catching trend that kisses traditional fashion rules goodbye. It can be found on the runway or in chic street-style photos—but don’t let that discourage you from trying it on for size! It can be as subtle or extreme as you’d like. As long as the two prints you’re wearing differ in color or scale, you’re print mixing!
Here are 3 low-risk ways to sprinkle print mixing into your weekly outfit rotation.
1. Keep It All in the Family
The first step to trying print mixing for yourself is the simplest. Just reach for two patterns in the same color family! If you’re planning on wearing a black-and-white polka-dot skirt, swap out your solid white tee for a black-and-white substitute. When you’re pairing monochromatic prints, any combination you put together will look incredible.
2. Make Classic Prints the New Normal
Once you’re a pro at pairing similar-hued prints, take things up a notch by treating leopard, camo, and stripes as neutrals. Because these popular patterns are typically consistent throughout, they’re a great base for mixing. When neutral prints are involved, mixing three patterns is a breeze!
3. Remember That Opposites Attract
Just like wearing two prints in the same shades works, so does pairing two patterns in complementary colors. Complementary colors exist on the opposite ends of the color spectrum, like with red and green, yellow and purple, and blue and orange. If complementary shades can be found in two prints, try bringing them together in one outfit.