Easy Tips For Mixing Prints

One of the questions I often get is how do you mix prints? What is the rule? How do you know what looks good together?

Mixing prints or patterns is one of the best ways to upgrade your normal look. So today, I’m sharing easy tips for mixing prints.

1. Mix black and white prints. This is an easy one. Two different prints, both black and white.


Polka dot sweater//Striped shirt (s0ld out)//Straight jean//Handbag//Lace up flats//Earrings

2. Consider leopard print as a neutral. In the world of mixing and matching, leopard prints are considered neutrals. They go with just about anything but plaid is my favorite.


White t shirt//Skinny Jeans//Plaid scarf//Leopard flats//Handbag (similar here)

3. Mix a floral print with a striped print. Most of us have a striped shirt so add a floral scarf for easy pattern mixing.


Striped shirt//Skinny Jeans//Earrings//Floral scarf//Lace up flats//Handbag

I recently styled this peplum top from Loft with leopard flats.

peplum-top-13Striped Peplum Top (I’m wearing a small)//Dark wash jeans (I’m wearing a size 6)//Leopard flats (similar here)//Handbag//Necklace (use code graceandbeauty951 for $10 off)

Have you tried mixing prints and patterns?

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  1. Great example Cyndi!!
    I do think this is hard for most of us “normal” people (you know, not the artsy, creative types).
    But I will admit the more I try it, the more fun it becomes. Maybe because it’s a little challenging—and isn’t that good for our aging brains?
    I definitely think starting with black & white is the easiest. That and having print shoes because then they are far away from a print top—and then it doesn’t seem as in your face!!

  2. Not very good at pattern mixing, but I try:) I love my leopard shoes…mixed with almost anything…and stripes and floral together. These are easiest for me and makes me feel I’m “fashion savy”..which I am definitely not!!

  3. Maximalism is a huge trend for the season and pattern mixing is going to be even more prevalent with options that are going to be even harder for some to embrace, Textures lie brocade are going to be a big part of the trend.

  4. Thank you for all your help on fashion, how to mix and match things. Went and bought a leapard scarf ftom old navy. Love it with red pants and white shirt. You always look so pretty. Have a blessed day!

  5. Great post! I really needed a lesson in pattern mixing. It is not something I do much but your examples are clear and achievable.

  6. I really needed to see this post! I’ve always wondered how to mix patterns. Thank you! Such adorable choices, as always 🙂

    1. I just bought almost the exact pair at Francesca’s.. they fit true to size, and are very comfortable. And affordable.

  7. I like the examples you showed. I like and have a lot of things not sure on what goes good together. But I’m getting there. Thank you!!! Love the quote today. 😊

  8. Thank you for you tips today. I can do this! My problem is that I overthink things. You have given me the tops I need to take my outfits to the next level.

  9. Love your ideas and agree with the softer side of mixing. I think some of us at a certain age just can’t go along with trendy pattern mixing that is far too bold. I like the idea of the leopard pattern
    as a neutral.

  10. I love this post Thank you so much!! I now understand how to mix these. I can’t wait to give this a try. I love your scripture posts each day as well. Thank you for all you do… Blessings

  11. I love to mix sand match prints…
    Thank you for these tips, my momma taught us twins a lot about prints, plaids, pleats, seamed tops, button up tops and form fitting and much more… love fashion since I was very young…. jeans and tee when going fishing and for every day play, dresses on Sunday and Wed. for church and uniforms every day to school. I love to learn new fashion tips too… and still hold onto the old, not many new ones that aren’t just old ones that’s been renewed LOL !!