I used to shudder when I thought of mixing prints for fear of clashing. But I am seeing more and more people mixing prints with their outfits and have been admiring them from afar. Mixing prints helps to elevate your look from basic to fashion forward and more importantly it’s using things you already have in your closet but pairing them in unexpected ways! Since fashion is about taking risks at times and going out of your comfort zone, I decided to go for it and create a look mixing prints. And I must admit, I am obsessed!
For this look I went with this sheer, star print blouse with Peter Pan collar with high waisted, striped trousers. Both of these pieces are so affordable you will have to get them (exact links below)! While printed, the sheer top is subtle enough to mix with the stripes without competing against the pattern. For my first mixed print look it is on the safer side, but I can’t wait to have more fun with mixing unexpected prints together.
/ Tips for Mixing Prints /
1. Pick a dominant print and an accent print: in this case my dominant print are the stripes and the accent print is the subtle stars on my top
2. Make sure the different prints share at least one similar color: what a surprise, I went with black
3. Mix the prints with different sizes: the stripes are long and skinny and the stars are larger
4. Pair prints with a neutral: with my look the stripes are considered a neutral
5. If its the same print, play with size: the top can have the same print as the bottom but maybe on a larger scale
6. Break up patterns: I added a velvet blazer to break up the look
7. Mix prints with tailored pieces and different textures: I’ve seen a lot of plaid blazers with striped shirts that look amazing
8. Polka dots and stripes always work: the classic print of polka dots and stripes always look great together
9. Mixing thin and thick stripes: Think a thick stripe cardigan with thin striped shirt
10. Printed accessories also add to the look: you can add printed earrings or stockings for a print on print look
Top | HM similar styles here and here
Jacket | Silver & Gold Boutique (sold out in burgundy) similar styles here, here, and here
Pants | Who What Wear Collection similar styles here and here
Watch | Marc by Marc Jacobs similar styles here and here
Clutch | Marc by Marc Jacobs
Sunglasses | Ray-Ban similar styles here and here
Socks | HM similar style here
Shoes | Saint Laurent similar style here
I do find it challenging to mix prints because it can clash with each other but I think you did a great job with mixing Stars and Stripes. I also think breaking up the patterns or sticking with the same colors help!
Such a fabulous look, babe! I love how you mixed the star pattern with those stripes. Very well styled and put together. I love your fringe by the way! It totally suits you!
Perfect look, so stylish! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂
That outfit is so cute!! I love the striped pants.
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I’m loving how you mixed two different prints for this look! The striped trousers look great with the mesh printed top <3 Very chic and sophisticated! And I can't agree more – when done right, mixed prints are definitely very fashion-forward and timeless 🙂 Looking great as always, Christine!
This has to be one of your coolest outfits to date! I love the stars and stripes together. Those pants elongate your legs so much as well! Amazing! And don’t even get me started on that velvet blazer. I have one just like it and it is just beautiful.
you look so chic in this outfit! lovin’ your velvet coat!
You always kill it! I truly love these pants! The cut is absolutely perfect on you! You definitely nailed print mixing! This sheer black star top can go with so much too! The added texture of the velvet blazer really makes this look even more gorgeous and interesting! You’ve included such great tips on print mixing! It’s can be such a good idea to have a dominant print and I love that you also discussed sharing a lest one same color to blend everything together cohesively! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!
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mixing prints can be very tricky, but you did it so beautifully. This outfit is so chic and trendy!
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Love how you mixed the Prints and the Full Look is just Gorgeous:)
That Pants… wow:) Love the Top too:)
What an Amazing Style, Congrats:)
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Girl this is such a great outfit!! Loving the striped pants, so flattering!
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Valvet, starts, stripes…SUCH A COOl COMBO!! Don’t think anyone can pull it off that well like what you have done Christine! Love this outfit from head to toe!! Loving that clutch so much too!! Such a chic and stylish look!!! Sometimes, I think I repetitively wear clothes in almost the same style and I really need to step out from my comfort zone a little. Thanks for all the inspirations.
Absolutely love how you mixed these prints!! You look gorgeous as always and love those striped trousers and the stars shirt!! And how gorgeous is that velvet jacket?! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com
These trousers are so dope! I’ve always loved the great prints, but stripes is my favourite one, especially in a mixture of black and white. I love the way you combined it with this star-top, looks absolutely statement!
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I definitely have to agree that mixing the most unlikely pieces together is the best way to refresh them and make them look brand new! I love how you combined stars and stripes with a burgundy velvet jacket. Looking so posh and chic <3
Always so fabulous babe! I love mixing prints! I can’t wait till I fit back into my regular clothes…baby girl needs to come out already! lol
This is one of my favourite looks from you ever! I love mixed prints and patterns. This look is so trendy and you wear the entire outfit so well. I love the striped trousers and the star print top! LOVE. And, these are fantastic tips that I think anyone trying mixed prints should know.
You are rocking this whole outfit with mix of prints. Love it all.
Those pants are too cool!
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I have to admit that I was afraid of mixing different prints together to create a look, but I love the outfit that you came up with! I have to try this out myself. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Gurrrrrrl, this is my FAVORITE look!! I learned a lot from your 10 tips to mixing prints. I was always weary of mixing prints and envied those who could do it so effortlessly. I love the idea of mixing different sizes of the same print whether it’s stipes, polkadots, stars, etc. I’m definitely going to utilized these tips! I really love those pants though. They’re really affordable and look super high end!
That’s such a pretty outfit dear! I love the troursers, and how you paired it with that top and blazer. Really fab!
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Stripes and stars look great together. I love your trousers, I am into wide legged pants. You looked taller in your pants.
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I love this post. Great tips for mixing prints. I love the look that you styled. Those pants are so amazing & you look amaziiiing!
You look so pretty on your trousers..love it!
Totally agree with you on this – it seems like all the rules are being thrown out the window, and mixing prints is the new rule! Actually it almost seems like there are no rules! I’m still a little timid when it comes to mixing prints, but I love the way you did it. Super classy and perfect for the holidays. Hope you had a great long weekend!
Hope you’re having a good day! This is my fav! Mixing prints is one of my favorite trends in history, no joke. I think a lot of people get stuck and stressed when it comes to mixing different patterns. And you don’t always have to follow the rules, in my opinion. But it’s the perfect way to start if you aren’t sure how. I love your style and the look you put together. Those pants are so cute! I saw a pair just like that when I was out shopping and I really liked them. Perfect outfit for the holidays and any occasion! Thanks for sharing!
Honestly i think it’s all on how you mix it and make it look. There are some combinations that are just or of the question while others arenokah. I feel like all your prints compliment eachother and that’s key
Love a good mix! And I’m so obsessed with stars right now! Don’t even get me started on how amazing that velvet blazer is. Perfection from head to toe. And thanks for the reminder to give my YSL shoes some love LOL.
Okay this is the best mixed print outfit that I have seen! I am obsessed with the striped pants and starry top. I always stray away from mixing and matching, but what is fashion if you don’t take risks. Your tips are so helpful! It’s so smart to keep the prints in the same color family. I also like how you paired this look with a red velvet blazer.
Thank you for sharing!
Love your style. The top is awesome and also the striped pants a timeless piece. It’s incredibile how the good taste can save money. This is the reason why I love my work.
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I love mixing prints and I think you did pretty good job! Since, you picked very democratic colors for mix, it looks very smooth and nicely together. I always thought to get a striped wide legs trousers, but never could find my size. Thanks for the inspo.
You killed it with this look one of my favourite looks of yours for sure!
I love mixing prints.
I’m also a little bit Obsessed with stars so that sheer star print top is right up my alley.
I love how you broke it up with the velvet blazer the texture with the sheer top and the wide leg striped pants plus all your accessories made this a winning look.
I also love the clean look of white nail polish on short nails so minimal and stylish.
Babe! This outfit is so chic and fabulous, I’m so in love with those pants. It makes your legs look a thousand miles long.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Your style is a real killer one and I LOVE this mixing of prints and your guide to how to do it. Before reading this I didn’t even know what a Peter Pan collar is, but you always learn don’t you? 🙂 As for mixing patterns myself I’ve become a lot braver lately and sometimes go all in and sometime am a bit more subtle like when you said one should choose an accent pattern.
Thanks for the tips and once again, wow for the pictures!
LOVE the mis of prints babe! I honestly consider my self like you I like to admire first how other people do it and then I will take the risk to make it on my own. You are definitely a inspiration for me in the way you dress. You have such a great style that i been following very close what you always wear. LOVE the mix of stupid and stars.
this look looks amazing with, and without the jacket! the stars and stipe theme is amazing and I love the pairing! Also love how you went all out with the glitter socks instead of a pair of boots!
I have to say, I truly admire people like you who have the ability to mix prints so effortlessly, I’m so bad a it!
The top is so gorgeous, perfect for party outfits!
Love this look! The star print top is everything! I love that you break down tips on how to mix prints because it can be intimidating at times.