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Style 201: Mixing Prints, You Too Can Do It!

It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I ever thought about going against the fashion grain and mixing prints: plaids with polka dots, stripes with gingham and animal prints with floral. Minutes after I opened the door to one of fashions biggest risks, the payoffs were huge and my wardrobe doubled in size. I totally get it if you are apprehensive, as kids we were forced into matching (thanks to Granimals). I promise it’s worth the challenge and its a sure fire way to impress yourself (toot toot) and your fashion friends effortlessly.

Candace Kristin - Spring

Jacket: Jcrew / Shirt: Jcrew / Sweater: Theory / Denim: J brand / Shoes: Ann Taylor / Necklace: vintage Versace / Watch: Zenith / Sunglasses: Tahari

 

Guidelines for blending prints:

• Select your “core” piece and work the rest of your outfit around it. When choosing the rest of your ensemble make sure the next pattern you opt for is in the same color tones/palettes. As well, your outfit should have at least one color that will tie all together and run through the entire look, such as a white or black background.

• Scale is key; select a larger, bolder print and pair buy brand viagra with a smaller less dominant one. Wear a large flower printed shirt with a small pin striped pant. Try a tartan plaid and pair with a hounds tooth check, or chevron with a polka dot.

• Treat an animal print as a neutral. I know I said in a recent blog NOT to pile on the animal prints, but if you want to be daring you could combine two (ONLY TWO). Just make sure they are different animals, and that one is a louder print and the other softer/smaller. In order to successfully pull off this look you must keep your jewelry and accessories VERY simple.

• Start small, maybe you do not feel inclined to mixed two key pieces (such as a shirt and pants). Instead incorporate one of your prints in a coordinating accessory such as a scarf or clutch. Wear a striped pant and leopard bag.

• Still skeptical, try mixing textures. Pair lace with tweed, or ruffles with wool.

CandaceSpring-1

Shirt: Ralph Lauren Collection / Sweater: Theory / Pants: Raven / Shoes: Brian Atwood / Watch: Ulysse Nardin

 

As always I hope I have inspired you to look outside your comfort zone and try something new. Empowering YOU to look and feel great makes me beyond happy.

xo- CK

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