mix it up.

mixing patterns is so on trend this spring.
these unpredictable pairings were popping up all over the runways.
and the trend will continue on through the summer & into fall.
seemingly without any rhyme or reason,
the mixed prints worked effortlessly
& brought great zest to the fashion world.

i especially loved the collection that carven displayed.
perfectly playful. bursting with color. and popping with patterns.

while it seems to be thrown together with closed eyes,
these patterns were actually carefully chosen to be paired.
the colors are complimentary & the patterns do not fight for attention.
it totally works.

i simply adore this pretty little number.
the bright colors are just overflowing with springtime energy.
the patterns mixed here are simple florals & stripes.
a lovely spring combo.

some may be wary of mixing patterns & colors,
but it really is quite a thrill.
just follow these little tips.

to avoid looking like you rolled out of bed & got dressed in your sleep
start with a more understated pattern set or color palette. 
like this j.crew look below. 

anyone can pull this off and look street chic.
i love, love, love the black & white. 
wearing this timeless color combo is a sure way to stay on the safe side while mixing. 

if you choose to wear color, be mindful that the colors must be complimentary.
this could be a deal breaker in the art of mixing. 
that being said. 
be bold. be brave.
embrace colors of all sorts.
pink & red. orange & pink. yellow & green. green & blue.
all these look great together.

also, stick with simple prints.
polka dots. stripes. florals.
pick one simple pattern & one busier pattern.
two busy patterns makes for a frenzy of a mixed up day.

it really is quite simple.
so give it a go.
mix things up a bit this spring. 

{images courtesy of the washington post. pinterest. the globe and mail}


  1. i love mixing prints! but i must admit sometimes it´s hard to pull it off! :)
    loved the 3 options you shared, but the middle one was my fave.

    XO jannine

  2. i love the middle one, too, jannine. xoxo.

  3. I love the mixed prints - very creative!

  4. Mix those prints right up - I love it. We all should take a page out of the every day 3 year old's wardrobe!

  5. loving mixing dots and stripes!


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