How to do the mixing prints trend this spring

How to nail the mixing prints trend.

mixing prints trend worn by stylist and fashion blogger sara delaney

If like me, you are a bit of a print phobic, then the thought of road testing this spring’s mixing prints trend will have you running straight for your neutral safety net. But this season there are so many prints available that I figured if not now, then when, to take the multi-faceted fabric bull by the horns and wrestle it into submission… or at least have a bit of a bash of stepping out of my comfort zone. We covered which stripes suit your body shape earlier this month too… take a peek at that here.

mixing prints trend worn by stylist and fashion blogger sara delaney

With this in mind, I spotted this cute Paul & Joe satin trimmed shirt and thought it might work well with these J.Crew silk crop pants which I’d snapped up just before Christmas. Throw them together, and what do you know…? Because of their similarity in tonal hues, they kind of work together. So this got me to thinking – perhaps that’s the key to making this thing work? Rather than mashing up contrasting colours as well as prints a la Gucci runway shows, keeping your colour way on a similar vein actually makes this thing doable.

mixing prints trend worn by stylist and fashion blogger sara delaney

Manu Atelier bag, Aquazzura heels.

Added to that the fact that smaller prints work for smaller sized people. So, if you’re a shorty like me then look out for smaller sized prints and patterns. Whereas if you’ve been blessed with longer limbs and stand in the statuesque camp, then knock yourself out and opt for full on in your face prints which you will be able to carry off with aplomb.

mixing prints trend worn by stylist and fashion blogger sara delaney

This cute bag is also my new season fave by Manu Atelier and comes in all sorts of gorgeous pastels shades for spring.

If you’re not sure whether mixing prints would be your style bag this season, why not try our Style Tribes quiz which will give you a heads up on your style leanings and also streamline your shopping game.
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Mixing prints trend… what to shop.

Mixing prints can work in anything from florals to geometrics and right on through to plaid, gingham and polka dot. Think Breton top meets polka dot culottes or floral shirt paired with a gingham skirt – as long as you keep the tonal look similar you will be off to the races. So here are a few ideas on what’s out there which might be a good investment for your closet if you’re looking to hop on to this trend.


Photos by Sarah Lou Francis.

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