Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mixing It Up

Okay...this was my first time mixing prints. Eeek! I was scared. I read in InStyle about how to mix patterns and decided to give it a try. To not overwhelm myself, I chose to mix with just black and white. I used the olive tights (I know they look black in the photo) for a pop of color. I do like the end result. I wore the outfit to school and felt pretty and ladylike. Lol. I'll have to experiment a little more and maybe be a little more risky next time. My little brother told me how he liked my outfit...he never likes the way I dress. Lol.

A few tips on mixing patterns:
  • Choose pieces within the same color range or colors that flow well together. Neutrals like black, white, gray, navy, and taupe, for example, are good choices to mix together or with brighter colors.
  • Don't go too crazy! =D
  • Stripes, polka dots, and floral prints are great paired with each other.
  • Select patterns that are relatively the same size. Example: Thin striped top with delicate polka dots on the bottom. Or a larger print on the bottom works as well.
  • When mixing printed accessories, break up the pieces or separate them with a solid (black is good) . Example: a light olive paisley scarf paired with a tan/white shirt, black pants and leopard print shoes.




Hope that helps any of you interested in trying the trend.
I'm off to bed. School and work tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday all!

XOXO,
Courtney

My outfit:
Black and white striped sweater by Forever 21 $13
Black and white floral print skirt by Forever 21 $13
Olive tights by Forever 21 $3.50
Creme giant flower earrings $1.50
Black shiny black bowed flats from Payless $12

5 comments:

Emma (Scrapbook de la Emma) said...

florals and stripes are always a safe bet! looks lovely\Scrapbook de la Emma

Amber Blue Bird said...

this came out really nice. Nailed it!

Christina Sanders said...

I think you mix the prints so well
x

PrettyNiftyThriftyFashion said...

oh i love the mixed patterns!!!! florals and stripes look so pretty together :)

fashionista said...

Why eeek ? It came up so well :) You can do better though, some bright red skirt would go awesome instead of that navy, to give a pop of color, and bright color look great on fair skinned people :)

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