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Mixing Prints – How to Do It Just Right

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Nisha Joshi
Written by Nisha Joshi
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Every morning I look at my clothes, all I see is a jumble of colours and prints. If I haven’t picked out my clothes for next morning, then it’s mayhem!

I’ve got stories clothes, checkered clothes, floral print clothes, abstract print clothes and plain ones as well. Now, if you are a disciplined person, you’ll have pre-decided pairs for each piece of clothing. But if you’re like me, forget pairs. I randomly pick clothes which strike my eye and please my aesthetic senses (are lighter on my pocket, more like). Which makes pairing clothes all the more difficult because questions like, “Does a checkered shirt look good with striped culottes?” or, “Florals and abstracts? Do I look good in them?” float around in my mind.

If you are facing any of these issues (and I’m sure most of you are), here’s a quick guide you can refer to when mixing prints!

1. Look for similar colors, not prints

This is one of the simplest things to remember while choosing an outfit. The prints don’t matter at all. So, just pick colors that match or contrast. A pink polka dot top with striped red culottes or a sea green floral kurti with blue checkered leggings are perfect combinations too! This is a great start for someone who is not very fashion-conscious and does not know whether or not to mix prints but want to look good all the same. If you are worrying about how you’ll carry of the mixed prints, relax. You’ll look good, I promise.

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2. Use solid colors to break the look

This is an age-old trick in the fashion book. If there are too many prints happening on your outfit, use a solid colour to break up the look. You can layer your tops by using a plain top and wearing a printed shrug or a blazer with printed trousers. This way, your eyes will be tricked into seeing prints individually without watering.

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3. Use different sized prints

Use different sizes of prints on your outfit goes a long way to make your outfit stand out. If you have a top with tiny floral prints, you can pair it with leggings having huge checks or wife stripes and vice versa. In case you’re wearing a one-piece dress with huge prints, you can use a shrug or a jacket with pinstripes to complete the look.

4. Use different textures

A different textures is considered as a separate print. It is so easy to incorporate into your daily outfits that you won’t need to think twice. Denims, silk, leather, wool are all different textures and you can pair them with each other with dexterity. They could be printed or plain and yet you will shine in your clothes.

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5. Stripes are now neutrals

This is the unspoken rule of the fashion world. If you have striped tops or trousers, you can consider them as neutrals and pair them with any print you wish! I’m sure this sentence must have brought you much relief. So, you might want to include vertical stripes more in your wardrobe rather than horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes make you look taller and thinner. If you are on the shorter side, having vertically striped trousers can make your legs look long and beautiful.

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Accessorize well and there’s no reason you cannot mix and match prints. If you haven’t been doing it yet, start now! Maybe you can become the fashion diva you always wanted to become!

Share your mix-and-match outfits here with us and let us know if you found these tips helpful!

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Nisha Joshi

Nisha Joshi

Homemaker, new mother, true punekar, bookworm, blogger, photographer, budding chef, music enthusiast, likes to keep her fingers in many pies!

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