Mar 14, 2015

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22 Smart Ideas On How To Mix Prints: Inspired by Spring/Summer 2015 RTW Collections

The simplest way to look like a seasoned fashion expert (even if you’re still developing your personal style) is to wear an outfit incorporating two to three different prints!  Due to the intricate detail of prints it will look like you put more thought into selecting the pieces of your outfit.

To help you discover style ideas for mixing prints I analyzed the Spring/Summer 2015 RTW collections of over fifty designers and hand selected my top picks.  Whether you like floral, animal or edgy plaid prints, there is something for you!

1-Mixing Prints - Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTWStella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Try a high waisted pencil skirt, delicate blouse, cape and back bow pumps in different prints of the same color family for a bodacious look!

2-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Blend 60s mod with millennial edge with a playful baby doll dress and a short sleeve, buttoned up plaid top underneath with textured pumps!

3-Mixing Prints Matthew Williamson Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Matthew Williamson, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Find a skirt with a print you like, then pick a tone from that skirt.  In this case the tone is green, from the leaf.  Then find a top that has that exact same tone, and a different texture.  The floral print on the top works great, but it is not necessary, the look still would have worked if it weren’t there.

4-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Retro glam!  I LOVE this black and white plaid dress and heels made even more graceful by a contrasting pink floral print trench.  Trying mixing these plaid and florals!

5-Mixing Prints House of Holland Spring Summer 2015 RTWHouse of Holland, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Here the prints are the same, however the colors interchange altering the look’s visual appeal.

6-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTWStella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Four different prints find balance brilliantly due to harmonizing silhouettes.  Try a volumnious skirt with a fitted, structured top and blazer + frilly, barely there heels.

7-Mixing Prints LuLu and Co Spring Summer 2015 RTWLulu & Co., Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Sequin multi-tone adornments give this crew neck top the spice it needs to fuse with printed pants, pointy toe pumps and wow factor hoops!  This would be a great New Years party look!

8-Mixing Prints Saloni Spring Summer 2015 RTW Saloni, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Try prints that have a mirror effect.  The smaller triangles on the top foreshadow the larger, more dramatic prints on the bottom.  The volume of the A-line skirt reflects the artistic intent of the designer, which is to magnify the lower half.

10-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTWStella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Tuck a fitted short sleeve button up with close prints into a mini skirt with prints in the same color family, but spread out from skirt to top.

11-Mixing Prints - Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Try a dress that is designed with various prints, but be careful where the eye is drawn!  Large blocks in tones will exaggerate the area of your body where it is placed, whereas small prints will minimize.  For example, if you have a fuller bust, avoid a dress like this.  The vertical block of blue detailing at the bust will visually amplify that area.  On the other hand if you want to create more curves up top, a dress with this type of print is perfect for you!

12-Mixing Prints Tracy Reese Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Tracy Reese, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

If you like looser fitting pieces then this relaxed look could be a natural fit for you!  It works because the shades blend, and the stripes on the top are spaced out, which balances with the closeness of the floral print on the pants.

13-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTWStella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

What a refreshing look!  Here we are working with a masterfully crafted high waisted skirt with an image of two gorgeously dressed women of African descent working in a garden.  The striped belt leads us to a surprisingly compatible plaid top, picking up from the blue hue in the skirt!

14-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Blue and orange are color wheel opposites, so no wonder they work so well in unifying five different prints!  Use color wheel opposites to your advantage!

15-Mixing Prints No. 21 Spring Summer 2015 RTWNo. 21, Spring/Summer 2015

Another color wheel opposite combination here, this time with red and green.  Consider a sheer, embellished plaid top and an embroidered pencil skirt with heels that may not have prints, but certainly have flair!  Bad girl Christmas party outfit?  Indeed!

16-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

So adorable!  I like how the stripe short-shorts contrast with the billowy, unbuttoned checkered skirt and matching top!  Very cool idea!  Would definitely where this shopping downtown.

17-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTWStella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015

Next we have a vibrant, golden yellow jacket embroidered with an image of a whimsical and horticultural horse layered over vertical stripe shorts and a ruffle print camisole.  Expertly styled, look at the theme of the necklace!  Plus the oxford shoes are a witty match to the brown purse flap and sturdy character of the horse.

18-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015

I love this collection!  Nature is a versatile muse for print lovers.  Check out how the designer blends three distinct prints, using both abstract and real images.  You can do it too!

19-Mixing Prints Tracy Reese Spring Summer 2015 RTWTracy Reese, Spring/Summer 2015

Try a boat neckline sweater and a mini skirt with tropical prints for a ‘fresh from vacation’ look in any season!  See how the top illustrates one tropical view, while the skirt takes a different perspective by dramatizing one element from the same theme, a flower.

20-Mixing Prints Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Once you’re over the odd makeup you’ll notice that the diamond shape print flows throughout the entire outfit, even though the print changes from top to bottom due to the integrated elements.  Keep an eye out for details like this when mixing prints for uniformity.

21-Mixing Prints Trina Turk Spring Summer 2015 RTWTrina Turk, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Boho chic at its best!  The top looks like the rising sun, with rays beaming throughout the color blocked top.  And the shorts, they look like a serene ocean, grounding the overall scenic look.  Bangles and a head wrap, the final ingredients, radiate earthiness and zest.  Be sure to adorn yourself!  The right accessories can take a look from blah to BAM in an instant.

22-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW  Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Ok, a combo with giraffe prints, happy people, pickup trucks, fish and oxfords make the edit, Aleah, you say?  Yes, because this seemingly incoherent outfit works if you like to explore beyond fashion norms!  This look depends on the fact that tan, orange and creme look really good together, no matter how many elements you add.  That is because muted tones like creme can neutralize the busy prints it hosts.  So in knowing this the designer went wild with fun textures!

23-Mixing Prints Stella Jean Spring Summer 2015 RTW Stella Jean, Spring/Summer 2015 RTW

Kimono sleeves, a sharp collar, defined waist, a silky, full A-line skirt and sexy dotted pumps – this is a well balanced collaboration!  When mixing prints two factors determine whether the look will work: the colors must complement one another and the overall silhouette of the look must be balanced.  Once you have these two elements under control the rest is simple!  You can explore endless options when mixing your prints!

Photo Credits: Style.com

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