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I have always loved the idea of mixing prints. It looks so cool when my favorite fashion bloggers do it, but since I'm new to wearing prints in general (a couple of years as opposed to a lifetime), I've been hesitant to make the plunge. Growing up, I didn't know anything about fashion, just that it was reserved for skinny girls and that I needed to find things to make me appear slimmer. I remember reading that prints were "unflattering" for a girl like me, so I made a mental note to stay away from them. The only fashion "tip" I managed to pick up while loathing my body was to make sure things match. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine rocking prints nor daring to mix them. Over time as my confidence grew, I began to experiment with color followed by prints; I'm now obsessed with both! However, I still wasn't quite sure how to begin the fun game of pattern mixing. I figure there are tons of women just like me who would like to try something different, but are unsure about jumping all in. I decided to play around with prints in a subtle, yet comfortable way just to get my feet wet. Today, I'm sharing the beginning stages of my pattern mixing journey. The best part is that this is all new for me too, so we can all learn and grow together!
Start Small With Accessories
Using accessories with different prints can be a great way to spice up any basic outfit. All I have on here are jeans, a t-shirt, and a Moto jacket. Nothing really fascinating in terms of the outfit, which allows my shoes and bag to shine and stand out. (Links are similar to items featured). This was MY comfort level for getting started with pattern mixing because its not too in your face. Not only will your accessories serve as a pop in terms of being a print in general, but the fact that you're utilizing two or more different prints will make things pop even more. I always recommend accessories as a good starting point when trying a trend for the first time. You get to see if you actually really like it and they are versatile pieces that can be used time and time again.
Match Colors, Not Prints
The process of pattern mixing seems a lot less daunting when you stick with the same color palette. Eventually, I will switch it up but that's what I call BOTH pattern and color mixing, which is a bit more advanced (remember this is a beginner's guide). Both my bag and shoes feature a black and white print. At first glance, it may even appear that they are in fact the same print. It is not until you take a closer look that you realize the shoes are a polka dot print, while the bag is a checker print. Using the same color creates the illusion of uniformity until you are ready to abandon preconceived notions that everything should match.
above all, have fun!
The truth of the matter is that you can wear whatever you want, as long as YOU love it! There are no rules, wear what makes you feel good. Your opinion is the only one that counts. Be confident and leave your own individual mark on the world. Now that I have tried pattern mixing for the first time, my next challenge is to try it with an outfit. Stay tuned for my next update!
Have you tried pattern mixing? How did you get started? What helped you feel comfortable?
xoxo, Global Midwife
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