Corsets have since graduated from the back-breaking, organ-crushing entrapment they once were and boy, am I glad! Hey guys!!! How you doing? For the longest time, I have been trying to layer corsets and for each time I tried, I could tell it just wasn’t right yet. On my birthday.
Long time, no hear! Life’s good? Good. Thank you for sticking around through my inconsistency. I want to promise that I will do better to churn out posts every week and I want to believe that as much as you probably do but life is being life and I’ll just say that someday, I will get there. I’m easing back in with a post on Mixing Prints.
No, don’t roll your eyes, it’s not Ankara prints this time (well, just one) but contemporary prints as promised in my last Print Lecture here. The penultimate one here, had all the details you will ever need to get your print affair going.
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I’m incredibly fascinated with mixing prints as your surely already know. It’s for the same reason I’d rather wear two pieces than wear dresses – The later is boringggg. With prints as with two pieces, I can mix and match, achieving very different looks each time and basically, just getting value for money.
As usual, there are five rules that pretty much sum up all that you need to know to get thing mixing business right and they are:
- Attention to scale
- Breaking up the pieces with solids
- Using colors from the same pallet and
- Keeping it simple
In today’s post I have three contemporary outfits that incorporate either all the above or at least two of them.
Here I have on an ruffled hem Ankara midi skirt paired with a checkered wrap around top. Yes, it’s the same fabric and pattern we wore back in Secondary School as day wears. Funny right? How we’re willingly wearing them now.
Common to both pieces is the color red and the fact that they are both checkered. It’s important to have a unifying factor with this trend.
The skirt was incredibly tight so I couldn’t do much more than stand – which I know is basically what I do for the most part anyway. You know those outfits that have to be so snug they could smother you else they won’t just work? That’s the story of this skirt right here but we will tell it another day.
My least favorite look is a striped two piece which I created after seeing both fabrics hanging right beside each other. It’s not everyday that you see inverted colors of the same fabric so it had to go in the bag. Only problem with it is that I wore the wrong pair of shoes so the trousers are a shorter length that they typically should be.This is always a safe method for mixing prints. You can’t go wrong with inverting monochromes except they are doing you from the village. In which case, I can’t help you.
I love how vibrant this is. I didn’t realize how much I was missing by imposing a self ban on wearing pink. I have since seen the light. My pink polka dot skirt is paired with a blue stripped off-shoulder blouse. I’ve owned this blouse for about two years now and I’m pretty sure this is my favorite styling option for it!
Remember to keep your mixing to two or three patterns and colors at most. This is the one time I wholly agree with less being more. With this post, I have checked off pairing stripes with polka dots and stripes on stripes.
- Polka dots and floral prints
- Stripes and floral prints
- Stripes and animal prints
- Vertical stripes and horizontal stripes
So there guys, three more ideas for mixing prints. Did you enjoy this? -Please share via the buttons below. What look is your favorite? What other ways have you styled prints? Tell us in the comment section!
Until Next Time,
I could go on and on and on about Monochromes. About how classy they are. I could tell you how blacks and whites come together to make the most beautiful ensemble in the history of fashion. I could tell you how different shades of a pastel is all you need.
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