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Mixing Prints 101

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe

Gone are the days when mixing prints and patterns was a massive faux pas. Nothing sets you apart right now like a print-on-print ensemble. The sheer boldness of it is unrivaled.

Undoubtedly, this is one tricky trend to pull off. Matter of fact, it is right up the scale of tricky trends. However, it is a lot easier than it looks. All you need are a few guidelines and a lot of attitude and you'll be mixing prints like an expert in no time.

My first attempt at mixing prints was a total disaster. What's worse is I didn't know it at the time. I managed to put gingham, hounds-tooth and stripes in one outfit and for some reason,  I felt it looked good. I set off for a lunch date with a friend whom I'm sincerely still pissed at for telling me I looked nice.

Thankfully, I'm better now. At least, I'd like to think so.

In the first look, I have on a jacket over a midi length shift dress, I picked the same pattern for both pieces, same colors too but inverted. This is always a safe rule to play by when you're not sure.
If the colors look good together, more often than not, the prints will look good together too.

In the second look which is my favorite one, it's a peplum top over a midi skirt with a front slit that goes all the way up. I picked different colors of the exact same pattern to create this outfit.
Here are a few more rules to enable you to get this trend right.

Pay attention to scale. Wearing two or more bold prints together can be very overwhelming. Pair a large print (to dominate) with a smaller print (to accentuate).

Break up with solids. Incorporate neutral and solid solid colors via accessories like; shoes, bags and belts to create a more polished look.

Pull colors from the same palette. Play with colors in the same family or invert two color choices to keep it minimal. You don't want to end up with a coat of many colors when you're not Joseph.

Don't go overboard. Really, don't. Here, less really is more. If too many prints and colors are in play, the ensemble can easily become chaotic, Sticking to two prints is a good rule of thumb. Maybe three if you're daring but four or more is asking for trouble.

I hope you found this helpful. Which outfit is your favorite? Do you have any more tips on mixing prints? Do share in the comment section.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

Photography  by Emmanuel Eneji
Makeup by Kesiena Jessica
Hair by Scholastica Odey


  1. Girl you have a way with prints. I absolutely love the first dress and jacket combo, do you make your own clothes btw. Oh and great choice to use neutaral shoes to balance the prints.

    Princess Audu

  2. Nice. I've not had the guts to try mixing patterns. With these tips,I'll try my first. Thanks.

  3. I love both! I can't even pick my favorite, nice tips!
    The first time I mixed prints was a disaster also but now I'm way better

    Plus your hair and smile is giving me life

  4. I love the second look. With the first look, i love d dress without d jacket. But ur alws on point. Always on point luv.

  5. Yasss! Second look 👌🏽
    I need to make that type of skirt!

    Thanks for the tips Tee xxx

  6. I like, I like, I liiikkkee... will definitely try this

  7. nice tee, thanks 4 d tips

  8. See I don't know if you're allowed to slay like this. I'm not sure this is right ahn.
    You have a beautiful smile.

  9. I like the concept. I think mixedprints is fashionable and really cool. I would go for the peplum top and midi skirt tho.

  10. There's something about the first look, it is sophisticated and chic. I love love love love the first look. Nice tips!

  11. This was really helpful advice. I really love the brown dress and jacket. Killed it.

  12. Both looks are pretty, but I really love the first one. Very chic! Good tips here + your hair is beautiful :)

  13. Wow, this has to be the most interesting prints mix I've ever seen. You slayed it mehn. If you didn't mention, I wouldn't have known that was a jacket and a shift dress. Looks too good and your smile is beautiful!
    A Moment of Excited Curiosity


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