I grew up being told by my fashionista mom to never team a printed/patterned/floral top with another printed piece. It just won´t work and it´s a big violation to the then fashion rules. In fact, mixing patterns with patterns, the way I saw it, was looked down as cheap. It´s funny how fashion evolved into something completely against such principle. We now see emerging trends that are all about mixing bold prints.
Growing up upholding the no-print-with-print ideology, I found myself skeptisch with this rebelious trend of mixing bold prints and patterns. Not that I found it unstylish, but it´s because I feared that I might do it wrong.
Keeping my eyes with this trend however, I realized that there is no concrete rules on how to do it. Perhaps it´s safe to say that as long as you feel that the prints´sizes and colors are complementary, then go mix them. But it can also be as crook as mixing two or more completely different patterns and prints. Sometimes, the more varied the prints, the better. Listen to your instincts.
Check out these bold print blends outfits below:
1. Polka Dots Meet Leopard Print
Polka dots are still trending while leopard print are considered the classic new neutrals. Why not blend them together? Tibi´s pre-spring collection shows us how beautiful these two glam prints look together. Add brown, silver, and beige bangles and jewelries to the look. Complete with black, netted or strapped sandals.
2. Nordic Studies on Stage
For fall/winter 2011/2012, Nordic Studies was a trend that made wave on stage. It´s about plaids, knit patterns, chunky jumpers and knit pants with trendy cuts in very bright colors. To do this trend, you can either mix together two plaid patterns of different colors and sizes, or go for an oversized jacket with large plaids teamed with bright trendy pants.
Or wear plaid coat over printed knit sweater dress with matching skinny leather pants and boots.
3. Stripes and Collage Combo
Mixing striped easy top with collage print skirt is a trend for Spring 2012. It vibrates girliness, easy and relaxed mood. Notice how the patterns and prints work in harmony? The top, while stripes, is in black which doesn´t clash with the collage print of the skirt. Add modern jewelries such as arrow earrings, braided bracelets and cuff, and net suede wedge sandals.
4. Native Citizen Allure
A very controversial trend which is accused of stealing the culture of Native Americans plus the question of who´s going to profit off their culture?, Native Citizen trend continues to conquer mainstream fashion. It gives you the feeling of being in the mountain and a taste of that exquisite tribe which existed way before the concept of your great-grandfather´s cell was conceived.
This trend is about native-inspired knit patterns in bright colors and mixing together contrasting prints and patterns.
Have Your Say
So tell me Creative Fashionistas, have you ever put your hands on daring print mixing trend? How to you adapt these trends to your everyday look? And just where do you wear it?