Today’s post is not exactly about how amazing I look in this outfit or even where I wore it to impress. I’ll save you those details. Instead, I want to teach you the logic behind mixing prints. Hopefully, this will make your life a little easier and your print mixing fashionably approved. Print mixing falls on a continuum of “FABED IT” or “TRIED IT” scale. Follow these steps to “FAB IT.” Before we jump into the steps, first comprehend my analogical approach. The best way to get you to see print, is to relate it to volume. I know-crazy, right? Trust me. I’m going to break volume up into three sounds: loud, medium, and low. Now let’s get into it.
- Relax. Fear is not an option. These are removable articles of clothing, which you will preview before leaving your safe haven. However, if you fall on the “TRIED IT” end of this continuum, make sure you’ve got a mean strut, because you just may have started a new trend lol.
2. As a beginner start off with two prints instead of three or more.
3. Pull out your fave color and print. Fashionably contemplate on it unbiased (ignore what you thought the mixing rules were). This will start opening up your creativity, because you’re working with familiar colors (right now you’re completely safe).
4. Now, it’s almost time to pull something unfamiliar- but first read below.
B. DEFINING VOLUME
When print mixing, you need a loud, medium, and low sound.
Loud- (Noisy and attention grabbers) Are abstract prints, art, 3D art, floral, lace and texture (embroidery, embellishment, patch design, beading, etc). In reference to colors, think neons, brights, and unique colors. LOUD IS CENTER STAGE!
Medium- (Accents and calm) Are any colors + white in pinstripe, polka dots, zebra print, checkerboard, and accent prints. These particular prints are medium, small, very small, thin and very thin (linear, vertical, or horizontal). In reference to medium being a color, think pastels- Easter! Crucial key point: Size trumps color when the size is large( in this case, the medium sound is automatically elevated to a loud). If the size of a print does not exceed medium, it is a medium. MEDIUM DOESN’T WANT TO BE IN THE WAY!
Low- (Supporters and behind the curtain) Are cat and reptilian prints. In reference to color, think neutrals: black, grey, brown, green and tan. LOW GETS ALONG WITH EVERYBODY!
BASE- Common denominator of all volumes. This is typically a color or shape that is seen throughout the outfit. IT TIES IT ALL TOGETHER! Not a must but, common.
C. COMPLETING YOUR VOLUME
5. Any scale of sound can be represented in articles of clothing, accessories or shoes. Mixing is mixing! Example: A hat can be a loud and your skirt can be a medium or low- vice versa. Simply keep in mind, everything is centered around your loud sound. Start high and work down to low. When you do this you won’t run into octave or pitch issues- if you will.
6. Now, look at your fave color and determine what it is on the volume scale. If your fave color is black- not a problem, this leaves room for your loud sound. Speaking of which, lets skip to your fave print. Let say your fave print is floral, based on this list, which print will be most fitting? Is it from your medium or low sound? Hint: floral can be flexible but, it can make your medium too busy (depending on size dimension & direction. It’s safer to go low as a beginner).
7. If you’re print mixing more than two colors, balance is key. Pull a print from each sound. Example: A red pinstripe shirt, floral culottes and patent leather olive green Ted Baker clutch- olive or nude Jimmy Choo shoes. Fabed It!
8. AVOID mixing the wrong prints or patterns. Make sure your prints make sense! Don’t put dog print with floral, the prints have to be cohesive. This is determined by theme and whether it’s casual or elegant.
9. Know when something is print mixing worthy. Just because it’s a print, it doesn’t mean it needs to be mixed with other prints.
D. AS A BEGINNER
Stay away from mixing two loud sounds. This can be a disaster.
Mixing a medium and a low sounds is always a good idea.
Mixing two medium sounds are good- play with size and color variation- it usually delivers a fun & loud appeal.
Mixing two low sounds can be sexy and conservative.
These are the basic fundamentals of print mixing. As you practice, you will become more advanced. In the mean time, just follow the volume scale to give you soundness in chaos. Now, after subscribing before you exit, determine my sounds in this look I’m wearing. Answer in the comment section and I’ll send you a prize if you’re right. I hope this was helpful, good luck!
Bela Pencil skirt (Feel free to contact Mangishi Doll on IG)
Similar Black Cape (I purchase my cape from BCBGeneration a few years ago, I’ve linked a similar cape)
Quilted Faux Leather Obi belt (Take 50% Off Your Order of $100+ with- code: OCTOBERFEST)
Sam Edelman Leopard pumps (⇐ Similar pair)
Handbag Loeffler Randall (See Independent Curves Abroad)