How to Mix Prints Intelligently?

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Reader's Request - Mixing Prints

Mixing prints has been ‘in’ for several seasons now and will help you get another season's worth of wear out of your favourite florals and stripes. Though it can be a risky trend to indulge in but if you get it right it will totally be worth your while.

Here’s how you can stay clear of a faux-pas while mixing prints:

1. Stick to a color palette. Mixing prints and colors at the same time can be a bit overwhelming
2. Mix two different prints like polka dots and stripes, or floral and plaid [instead of stripes on stripes, etc] keeping one of the prints bolder and busier than the other.  
3. Indulge in minimal accessories if the top of the outfit has a busier print. For example, a simple long chain, or a thin-beaded necklace would work wonders here. Incorporating earrings, belts, and bracelets would be a better option while mixing prints to avoid crowding the outfit.  
4. Keep the shoes single tone and plain so that the focus stays on the outfit. Black would often be ideal and a safe bet here. However, you can always experiment with another color depending on the color palette of your outfit.
5. In Winters, you can always finish off a look with a complimenting blazer or jacket. This will keep you away from look way-over-the-top and still look interesting.

Incorporating almost all my tips from above here.
Stripes and Print [Similar to Dots]. The color palette has many options here.  
You could mix prints waist down too! 
It is a mix of contrasting colors but since the cardigan is not a heavy print, it works!
The old rule of ‘one print at a time’ is soon becoming obsolete. Mixing prints is an art and is all over the Runway now. Give it a try but at the end of the day, always trust your instincts and have fun with fashion!

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60 comments

  1. hmm can I be honest? I didn't like the second look, somehow it doesn't blend well. Rest of the looks are purrrfect :)

    www.kavisto.blogspot.com

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  2. While I don't experiment with mixing prints that much, you're quite the master of this trick.

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  3. Ohh and strangely, I like the second look the most :)

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  4. i love the first look the most, and I've discovered how of late I am obsessing with prints when looking at stuff to buy, I gravitate towards prints...

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  5. waooo... u mix prints so well..

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  6. u r very intelligent in mixing...!! totally rocks..!!

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  7. Hmm i do mix prints but somehow am never satisfied with the end result...!
    Love the first and last looks....!

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  8. nice tips, thanks for sharing!! i love all the outfits especially the 1st one :)

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  9. Great advise and fabulous styling! I love mixing prints, if it's worth doing it's worth overdoing! xxx

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  10. I adore the second to last look best, although all looks are very inspirational. Warmly hope life is being kind to you;-)

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  11. All the outfits are stunning! The mix print trend gives an edgy look when you're feeling particularly wacky! ;)

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  12. you're REALLY good at print mixing !
    i wish im as good as you ! im sooo stuck with neutrals the whole time !

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  13. Some great examples here, Tanvi. Though I normally am not a friend of patterns I do love a pattern-clash.

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  14. fab styles!
    Ive said this before and il say it again, youre the queen of mix-n-match!

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  15. I adhere to all those tips too! Love your mix and match style:)

    xx

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  16. nice post, i just read this in my Glamour magazine! nice to see how you incorporated it!
    www.cocoandolive.blogspot.com

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  17. You are most definitely a master at it!!! xoxo

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  18. Really love the combo of stripes and polka dots. Good examples.

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  19. Sound advice. As an earlier commentor said, you're a master at this, so your guidance is really helpful. Thanks!

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  20. Thanx for all the lovely tips......an expert opinion always helps! :))

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  21. You make it sound so easy! Look#1 is my fave :)

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  22. great tips the first look is one of my all time fav's

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  23. I absolutely LOVE the idea of mixing patterns and prints and your guide is a great way to get into it. I love the last look. I wish more guys yould be brave enough to mix prints.

    Diego
    howtozipyourfly.com

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  24. You are the master at mixing prints! Love them all... Great fashion tips...

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  25. well..its nice,But I didnt like the first pic...the second is good ..Mix and match also comes with height and body stats not jus..same criteria works for all...

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  26. I truly love those tips and Im going to try them out:) Hugs and kisses, darling
    Muah

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  27. I've never been one to mix prints. It is a good look though. Thanks for the tips. I'll be trying mixing prints soon.

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  28. love these guidelines - you are a PRO!

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  29. I love the second to last outfit: tights, socks, and flowery print heels looks awesome together. Great styling :)

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  30. Love the first look. Mixing prints is tricky and most of the times comes across as trying to hard. Your tips are great and combined with some commonsense will make it easy to mix!!

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  31. You are so the master of mixing prints! It can be difficult to mix prints, and it is so easy to get wrong too!

    As i write this, i am stuffing my face with my chocolate lava cakes! ;)

    x.o.x.o

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  32. Great advice and I think the easiest to follow is sticking to a color palette. I've always loved the combo of polka dots + stripes, so the first look is my clear favorite!

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  33. Wow!
    You have encapsulated almost all the do's and dont's regarding print on print in this post.
    While i have always been wary of this trend i think i should give it a try now :)

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  34. I don't think I could carry this off but you do it well! :-)

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  35. Well, I must say you are super talented when it comes to mixing prints (and just look overall gorgeous, hehe). I love all these looks. I'm really into crazy prints (I'm an Etro girl) and sometimes I like to clash them but I'm always never 100 percent sure if I look hot or like a hot mess when I do it. LOL! :P

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  36. I've mixed prints but rather conservatively, staying within the colour palette.

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  37. Well done! I love the hearts and orange look. xo

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  38. Great suggestions, Tanvi! xo style, she wrote

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  39. Great tips! You look so cute in these pics :)

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  40. Great tips!! Mixing prints isn't very "me" but I always felt that you carried it off very well! Love the second and last!

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  41. great tips and I completely agree with them. You clearly do a great job of mixing prints..some of your best looks for sure.

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  42. definitely agree with #2 and #4. that first outfit is amazing on you.

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  43. Oh Miss Tanvii, you are cute! real, real cute.
    xox tash

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  44. Tanvi, those are some gr8 tips! thanks for sharing them will def help many ppl like me in mixing prints :)

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  45. Intelligent and Experimental..

    Always hesitant about the mixing..but after reading your post..i mighttttt give it an open mind and if I succeed soon, will share :-)

    Muah!!

    Like the tights with the navy blue...

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  46. the second one is done well! no one could've pulled off yellow stripes the way you have- and those chota florals? u do mix well!

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  47. well u are absolutely fantastic with mixing the prints,so u are completely compatible to speak about that!:)))
    kisses

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  48. thanks for the tips! i feel like i have a lot of trouble mixing them up.

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  49. I love mixing stripes with polka dots!

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  50. I love that you have a sort of science to this. It explains why your print mixing always looks so natural. I just kind of go with what moves me. *you should submit this post for the IFB weekly round up.

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  51. Ps: I’m hosting an adorable shoes GIVEAWAY today! Just in time for spring!
    Hugs and kisses, sweetie

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  52. I love how you're bold in your use of prints! It's a beautiful thing to throw caution to the wind and just feel free to express yourself, isn't it? Forget the doggone rules:-). This is exactly how i feel about design:-). XX

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  53. Thanks for the fantastic suggestions Tanvii. I'd never thought that I was fashionable, but I've realised that everyone has their own style, me included. And I've recently tried to be a little more bold where my clothing is concerned, but what I envision & the final outcome are more often miles apart. So your tips are really helpful.

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  54. I love the first ensemble. You've done a very good job there! :)

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  55. what an art and what an expression...
    looooooooooved the last look...
    super chic:-)

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  56. the stripes and polka dots look great together!

    xx
    Kaylee

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  57. love the first and third look!!
    I can never mix prints so beautifully!!

    was wondering which camera do you use?

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  58. First, wow, it has been a while since I visited you! Sorry.

    I love when you wear patterns. It makes me feel like you are very daring and don't care what others think!

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  59. hmmm....not convinced, Tanvi! I think I need a stylist beside me to mix prints. I have this old belief that solids are slimming...except of course for vertical stripes.
    Meetu D

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  60. Love how all the patterns look so awesome and just work!

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