Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mixing Prints for Beginners: Just Add Leopard

It's funny how there are some fashion rules we tend not to break because our mothers told us not to.  I've always been hesitant to mix prints because when I learned to match clothes, I was taught to pick one and pair it with solid pieces.  I still follow that rule for the most part, but I've started to get braver and mix things up a little. 

I think the easiest way to mix prints is to make one of them leopard.  It goes with so many things!

Don't believe me?  Here's how to start:

mixing prints: add leopard accessories




Leopard print shoes, belts and scarves go with classic patterns and neutral colors without drawing too much attention.  I do this often and get a few comments, but it's pretty tame!  You can do it!  Then, when you're ready to up the ante:



mixing patterns: add more leopard




Adding another patten with a leopard pencil skirt or top is a gutsier choice, to be sure, but it's fun to do and not as tricky as you think.

So, are you a mixer of patterns or do you prefer to play it safe?

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