Pattern Play: 5 Tips for Mixing Prints

August 24, 2015


Tip 1- A foolproof way to mix prints is to stay in the same color family. Unified shades can help blend together different patterns. At least one color should repeat through each piece of clothing in the outfit.


Tip 2- Vary the scale of each print motif. The idea that opposites attract relate to patten play. Try pairing large and small prints or two seemingly opposite patterns, like stripes and florals.


Tip 3- You can never go wrong with stipes. They look great on everyone! Though stripes produce increased visual impact compared to a non-print piece, their straightforward simplicity can tone down a more vibrant pattern and keep the outfit grounded.


Tip 4- Incorporate a focal point when pattern mixing. For instance, try adding a pop of color- whether it be accent jewelry or even a pair of shoes. I tend to utilize my favorite Kate Spade bag :)


Tip 5- Take risks when mixing and matching prints. The outfit is supposed to make a dynamic impression, so have fun with it! If you’re confident enough add in a third motif, for a print-happy ensemble.



Skirt- Loft

Wedges- Steve Madden

Bag- Kate Spade

Watch- Michael Kors

Bracelets- Baublebar and 31 Bits




  • Michelle Reid

    I was literally standing in my closet this morning contemplating whether a polka dot printed shirt looked good with a pair of floral pants. I went with it and after reading this, I’m glad I did! Thanks for the tips! I love your blog ❤

    • Hannah Martin

      Michelle I’m so happy you were inspired!! I’m sure you rocked the polka dot and floral combo!<3

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