I’m a huge fan of mixing prints and rather enjoy trying to push the boundaries of fashionably acceptable on a daily basis. A lot of ladies ask about the basics of combining two seemingly disparate prints, which can be intimidating if you don’t do it often. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to mixing prints, but I have the best success with a few basic guidelines.
Firstly, when it comes to mixing two prints that you think have no business going together, start by playing with the scale of the prints. For example, try pairing a big print with a smaller one – like a big bold floral print with some small pinstripes. Or like I did in today’s outfit, where I paired the large-scale whimsical Alice in Wonderland print on this Pinup Girl Clothing skirt with a smaller-scale polka dot blouse.
Sometimes I like to soften the excitement of a print with a repeated neutral tone. I tried to ground this particular look by repeating the black areas of the skirt with the peter pan collar and cuffs of the top and with my shoes and accessories – therefore the pairing looks even more intentional and likely to feel like they were meant to go together all along. Though not done specifically in this outfit (even I have my limits), print mixing can also make more sense if you repeat colors – prints that you think would have no chance of complimenting one other will be fast friends in no time if they share a color story. Two different prints that are both in tones of blue, for example, will go a long way to help things feel cohesive.
Sometimes with mixing prints, you just have to close your eyes and dive in with reckless abandon. It could fail spectacularly (and who would know?), but you might be pleasantly surprised by the things that go together…
I was really happy with how this print-mixing adventure turned out in the end. I actually put this outfit together earlier in the year for Jenny January, an Instagram event hosted by the ever-fabulous Miss Amy May. It basically unifies all of us PUGsters by challenging us to bring our Jenny-style dresses & skirts from Pinup Girl Clothing out into the sun! I loved the end results and I felt it deserved another wear. Especially now that the weather is taking a turn for the chilly, my long sleeved tops are peeking out of the closet as if to excitedly ask, “Is it time???” Yes, dear fashion, it’s time.
Whether it’s the print mixing or the grinning cheshire cat on this PUG skirt, I find that there are days when wearing your sassy face just helps. And I can’t help but notice I’m sporting more than a little sassy face in my photos. Perhaps certain outfits bring it out, or certain times of year. I definitely find that wearing it with a complimentary smirk puts a little extra swing in my hips as I marched off to the lab – and these days I’ll take all the extra sass I can channel.
How are you mixing it up today?
Top: ASOS (similar here & here)
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Necklace: Macy’s (similar)
Belt: PUG – from another dress (similar)
Handbag: Bettina Darling (similar here & here)
Shoes: Moschino, thrifted (similar here & here)