Mixed Prints For Beginners

It’s Tip Tuesday again! I want to share with you some tips today on a very popular look – mixed prints. When I first heard of mixing prints I was immediately against the idea. I saw a lot of outfits that looked like somebody got dressed in the dark and forgot that those prints didn’t match. OK, not really, but that’s how I felt! I would have been the first one to tell you, “prints should be separate and in no way should they ever be paired together!” That is until I saw it done right and realized how fun it is to mix up an outfit that way! To help encourage you to try this fun style and avoid looking like a fashion disaster, I’m sharing five tips to get you started.stylemissmolly_3488_blog


1. Begin with black and white. When mixing prints it is important to match color. If you are not feeling adventurous, black and white prints will definitely be a great place to start. For fun, add a bright solid accessory to the mix!


2. Mix two different prints at a time. Prints can be busy looking. To avoid looking like you have too much going on, stick with two prints that pair well together. Stripes and florals are always great options, because stripes are basically a neutral! 😉


3. Remember that opposites attract. At least one of the prints should be simple if you already have one that’s complex. Also, if one of your patterns is large or spread out, keep the other pattern small and condensed. This will create some very appealing contrast to your outfit.


4. Use accessories as one of your prints. Adding a mixed print scarf, pair of shoes, belt or bag is a fun option if you’re not ready to commit to the top and bottom being mix-and-matched. For example, a polka dot shirt would be fun to add a leopard print belt or shoes to the mix.


5. My last tip is have fun with it! Play around with different prints and look for things that catch your eye. If it doesn’t look right to you, use my tips of starting small until you feel good about it. If you are liking what you see, be bold and give it a try!

I hope you have enjoyed my tips on mixing prints! Please comment below and share a fun way that you have learned to mix prints!

Keep smiling!



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Molly Lawson

I’m Molly Lawson! I live in Seattle and am an optimist, adventurer, and bold lipstick wearer. I created this space to inspire and empower women with words of encouragement known as #MollysWords and share inspiration through my personal style. I always want my readers to leave with a smile and I hope you do!

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  1. August 11, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    I really enjoyed your article. So informative.
    Honestly, in the very beginning I didn’t like the idea of mixing two prints, it’s like the another definition of being over dressed.
    But thanks to you, you have changed my perspective…
    Looking forward for your next article.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • August 12, 2015 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you! I agree about the being over dressed, but if you keep it subtle it can still look put together.

      Thanks for stopping by! I love following you on Instagram and your blog looks beautiful!
      🙂 Molly

  2. August 12, 2015 / 6:56 am

    Love this post! I’m kinda with you about the “dressed in the dark” idea. But you have some really good ideas. Especially the big prints with small prints thing.

    • August 12, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      I’m all about simplicity, but it’s fun to try new things. I’ve found that the contrast from the big and small prints keeps the look from looking cluttered.

      Thanks for leaving love 🙂

    • September 8, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks! It is really fun to mix prints!

      🙂 Molly

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