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Mixing Prints 201

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different" - Coco Chanel

Hi everyone,

The truth is, mixing prints is actually a whole lot easier than it looks. Once you learn the basics, everything else is easy peasy.

I did an extensive post here on how to mix prints. It detailed four rules;

  • Attention to scale
  • Breaking up the pieces with solids
  • Using colors from the same pallet and
  • Keeping it simple
Honestly, these are pretty much all you need to mix and match prints nicely.

For this post, I styled two more outfits just to give you some more inspiration on mixing Ankara prints.

The first outfit is an Ankara not-so-midi skirt paired with a tailored blouse. I added my green pumps to give it some more color.

The second outfit is an Ankara skater skirt paired with an Ankara Cold-shoulder top and my white sneakers to make me look like a baby girl. Because, once a baby girl, always a baby girl.

It looks like the Cold-shoulder trend isn't going away anytime soon. Is it? Sad! I had bet good money that we were going to get tired of it in a heart beat.

Related; Culottes and Cold-shoulders 

In both outfits, I played with different colors of the exact same pattern. This almost always never fails.

You can either do this or use the same pattern but with inverted colors. That would mean that where my skirt is blue and yellow for instance, I would have had to pick the exact same fabric but with yellow patterns where it's blue and blue patterns where it's yellow.

I'm sorry, I suck at explaining. I hope you get me.

That would keep the entire ensemble down to two colors and two patterns which is another trick that almost always never fails.

If you're feeling uber, uber confident however, you can expand your mix to include three colors or three patterns such as stripes, polka dots and plaid.

Other fool-proof templates to help you mix prints are;
  • Polka dots and stripes
  • Polka dots and floral prints
  • Stripes and floral prints
  • Stripes and animal prints
  • Vertical stripes and horizontal stripes
I plan to do a post sometime soon on pairing stripes with stripes so you might want to stick around for that.

You can also check Sarah's blog here for further guidance on how to mix and match contemporary prints.

Remember, the key is balance.

Did you like this post? What other tips would you propose? Which is your favorite outfit? Don't go without leaving us a comment.

Until Next Time,
It's Tee

P/S; If you'd love any of the outfits featured in the post, either as co-ords or separates, do send us an Email.

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  1. Yay, new theme, love that it loads so much faster too. Moving on to your outfit, I Love the Ankara pencil skirt set, didn't even realize it was a set until I read the end.


    1. Yay! I love it too and pictures are finally bigger. Thank you Sarah.

  2. Love, love, love this Tee. You actually make me want to wear Ankara.

  3. Really beautiful! Now u making me have an eye for this ankara cold shoulder top...

  4. I love all the quotes from notable designers that you always include at the start of every post. Issa Inspiring. Moving on to the main post, I love love the whole mixing prints ish especially the Midi skirt and top combo. I guess wearing the same prints in different colors made it more appealing and safe. I'm looking to mixing prints soon, and I'm looking forward to the next mixed print post.
    Lest I forget, love the new theme ;) :D


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