A Guide to Mixing and Blending Prints

The go to method for matching prints is to pair the printed garment with neutrals or colors taken from the print. A great way to create fresh, new, stylish outfits is to mix prints with other prints.

Stripes and floral prints are natural complements- Pair a floral printed top and a striped skirt of similar colors to create a bold, interesting outfit. Matching a long sleeved floral top with a thick striped maxi skirt, like in Temperley London’s look (left), creates a great outfit for transitioning from the summer to the fall. A floral bustier top and striped skater skirt combination, like in Alberta Ferretti’s look (right), makes a versatile outfit that’s casual enough for everyday wear as well as fitting for a date.

Temperley London (left) Alberta Ferretti (right)

Temperley London (left)
Alberta Ferretti (right)

Matching a scarf and skirt of similar prints pulls and outfit together for a head to toe look. Creatures of the Wild (left) does this with floral prints while Charlotte Ronson (right) matches a polka dot neck scarf with the polka dotted skirt of the dress.

Creatures of the Wild (left) Oscar de la Renta (right)

Creatures of the Wild (left)
Charlotte Ronson (right)

Matching garments of the same prints in different colors- Honor does this with a top (white and green) and skirt (pale pink and burgundy) of similar prints. Matching tops and bottoms of the same print but with inverted colors also creates a stylish look…for example, pairing together a white top with red polka dots and a red skirt with white polka dots.



Use prints from the same color scheme-The following looks are so cohesive because they mix prints and textures of the same color scheme. Blumarine’s look is especially effective because the print in the skirt adds pops of color to the otherwise monochromatic outfit.

Blumarine (left) Oscar de la Renta (middle) Topshop (right)

Blumarine (left)
Oscar de la Renta (middle)
Topshop (right)

Variety in Size– Mixing the same type of prints in different sizes also creates distinct looks. Mother of Pearl (left) couples a vertically thin striped top with a horizontally wide striped skirt. Alberta Ferretti (middle) and Prabal Gurung (right) mix larger floral prints with smaller floral prints.

Mother of Pearl (left) Alberta Ferretti (middle) Prabal Gurung (right)

Mother of Pearl (left)
Alberta Ferretti (middle)
Prabal Gurung (right)

Oil and Water do mix-blend prints of different densities. Mixing prints of different densities applies to all kinds of prints. Blend an intricate print with a more simple and sparse one. Cynthia Rowley (right) couples a busy graphic top with a flowing emerald maxi skirt scattered with purple designs. Anna Sui’s look (left) pairs a top and bottom of the same dense print with a sparsely printed kimono.

Anna Sui (left) Cynthia Rowley (right)

Anna Sui (left)
Cynthia Rowley (right)

Polka dots match with nearly everything. Go bold with stripes (right-Burberry Prorsum) or subtle with floral print (Blumarine-left). These looks feature polka dotted tops, but a striped or floral top may be paired with polka dot printed bottoms as well.

Blumarine (left) Burberry Prorsum (right)

Blumarine (left)
Burberry Prorsum (right)

What are your favorite ways to mix prints? And what type of posts do you hope to see here on the blog next time? (:

On a side note…

Eva Chen couldn’t have said it any better for the spring/summer season, “Dear ladies: sorry, midriffs are still a thing. Keep on crunching.” 5/15 of the previous photographs more or less involved midriffs, so this trend isn’t going away any time soon.

Until next time dolls!

<3 Stella Pu

Creative Director of the FNA blog

(All photos are taken from vogue.co.uk and are from Spring/Summer 2014 Ready to Wear collections)