There’s nothing like the week leading up to The Fourth. June was as breezy as ever, but the weather is starting to get sticky and it’s finally starting to feel like summer. To prepare for America’s birthday I’ve been increasing my intake of popsicles, Corona lights and just sitting outside for no reason. I’ve also finally moved all of my summer clothes out from hibernation (I’m a self-proclaimed procrastinator) and I’m giddy as ever to wear all of my hot weather treasures that stay hidden for the better half of the year.
While I was swapping out my sweaters for skirts I ended up putting a lot of items to the side to take to take Buffalo Exchange, like enough to fill a large suitcase lot. What was left hanging in my closet was a whole lot of color and I’m really excited about it. There’s something about the warmer months that just inspires me to try new things and just go a little bolder with my looks.
So when Banana Republic sent me this gorgeous midi skirt in such a fun print, I knew I had to pair it with another print for maximum. print. impact. (That’s a technical term 😉 ) Honestly though, this skirt has been on repeat ever since it showed up on my doorstep. It’s the perfect length – even on a windy day – and is so comfortable. I actually went a week where I wore it on three separate occasions. The best part? IT HAS POCKETS.
Mixing prints is one of my all-time favorite styling challenges. It can be extremely intimidating to try out at first, but once you nail your first look, you’ll be hooked. Here are few tips I like to follow…
How to wear mixed prints
Keep your accessories minimal I opted to go with neutral palettes for my bag, loafers and sunnies. While my necklace is definitely on the bolder side, it complements the look because it ties in the blue from the skirt and the green from the top. When mixing prints your clothing should take center stage and your accessories should stay just that: accessories.
Be mindful of your color palette Mixing prints can get a little cray cray so it’s best to pick one printed item first and then either pair it with another print that has a similar color in the first print, or choose an item that has print in the a complementary color family. The key here is to make your mixing look intentional, not accidental.
Prints proportions should be cohesive I really enjoy outfits that utilize mixed prints when the prints themselves are relatively the same proportion on each of the garments. That’s what’s going on here with my look. The floral print of the skirt is slightly oversized like the leaves on my top, which keeps the outfit put together and not look like an after thought. Alternatively, I also love when prints that are drastically opposite are mixed together, such as a bold, striped top with tiny polka pants. Again, it should look intentional.
Be confident! The most important tip of all. You gotta wear the prints, the prints can’t wear you. Be confident in your style choices and have fun with it! In the grand scheme of things there are no rules, merely guidelines so do you and mix it like it’s never been mixed before.
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