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Mixing prints is an excellent life choice but is also arguably a little on the tricky side. Stripes are a good place to start because they (like leopard print) are basically a neutral.

While mixed prints should look effortlessly undone (in a polished totally-meant-to-do-that kind of way), there are some tricks to the trade. I’m no expert or anything, but that’s what the internet is for, my friends.

Here are some tips…

1. Stick to one color palette. ie my dark blue water color on navy and black stripes here. This is basically the gateway pattern mix because it’s the easiest and most subtle. Once you have this down you can go for wilder color combos.

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2. Consider some patterns a neutral. Stripes! Stripes go with anything, if you ask me. This aztec print skirt, for example, is pretty aggressive, but stripes are somehow still ok. Why? Because they don’t count. (In the collage below you’ll see a killer combo of stripes on leopard that I wish I came up with and will absolutely wear one day. Perfecto.)

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3. Mix patterns of varying size. Like tiny intricate detail on the bottom and big bold shapes on the top or vice versa.

  1. Break up the pattern with a solid. This could be a fat belt, cardigan, scarf, whatever.

And if you need some more inspiration, here you go…

You might also find this lovely tutorial from History in High Heels handy…



Are you down with pattern mixing? You should be.


  1. Thanks for an interesting and unique fashion post. Stripes and patterns isn’t a combination that’s ever occurred to me…but you’ve inspired me to be a little more adventurous! That first dark blue watercolour skirt of yours is gorgeous 🙂

    • Katie Katie


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