Print Mixing To Elevate Your Style

Print Mixing To Elevate Your Style

Do you love the idea of print mixing in your outfit? But you’re too intimidated to try because you don’t have the confidence to know what looks good together.

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If this is you, keep reading because I am sharing my top stylist strategies on how to mix prints in your look. And I think you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to apply these print mixing ideas into outfits you’ve got in your closet.

Why Wear Mixed Prints

I’ve always been a big advocate of print mixing as it adds a fun vibe to whatever I’m wearing. And it can be especially helpful to liven up your look when you’ve been wearing a lot of the same thing, or feeling bored with your style.

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In order to get it right when pairing prints and patterns, you’ll want to pay attention to certain guidelines.

Print Mixing Guidelines

1. Treat dots, stripes and animal prints as neutrals
2. Keep your colors complementary
3. Don’t do dense prints with other dense prints. Mix in a sparse print instead.
4. To avoid getting to match-y match-y, you’ll want to include variation if you’re mixing similar prints.

See How It’s Done

If you’d like to see some print mixing in action, then click play on the video below where I demonstrate with an outfit that I love to wear.

To maximize your ability to mix prints well, click here for my free style guide that shows which colors match each other well.

What do you think? Is print mixing for you? Or do you prefer to keep it simple with solids?

Here’s how I shop my closet and outfit plan for the week.

Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.


  1. I always have trouble with prints so this was very helpful 🙂

  2. I’m glad you found it helpful. The main thing is to experiment…and have fun!

  3. Angie says:

    I love how you put together your outfit and explained it. Great job and very helpful!
    Thanks for showing us,

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