Fashion: Mixing Prints

Hello again MBG readers! It's Lauren, and today I thought I would bring you some styling advice on how to properly mix prints! Mixing prints can seem a little bit daunting. I know I used to be extremely hesitant when it came to pairing bold prints like leopard and floral. I mean, talk about breaking any type of conventional styling rules! 

Mixing prints started to become all the rage when the major powerhouse, J. Crew started debuting styled looks that featured combinations of gingham + paisleys, graphic prints + stripes, stripes + polka dots, and many more daring combinations. And then there is Blair Eadie, the queen of print mixing - made famous for pairing double polka dots and chevron with floral. {Who would have thought to ever pair the two?!}

Fashion houses and bloggers have broken down any timidness us ladies had about mixing prints. Something so unconventional has turned into something that just works. Here are my 6 tips to remember when mixing prints.

-post by lauren wickman



  1. AnonymousJuly 10, 2012

    I’ve always been unsure about the mixing prints and pattern trend so these tips are great help.

    I super liked that leopard goes with everything because im a big time leopard print fan, haha. And I totally agree with with tip 1 and 4, and these are also patterns that I like to wear so it’s perfecto! I’ve not heard of ginham before though so that’s a new one for me!

    I can’t wait to try these tips and sport the mixed prints look!!!


  2. Great post! All those girls pull off this look VERY well.

  3. Ditto on #3- I love a 'lil leopard!
    xo, Chelsea

  4. You have to really OWN this look to show it off. I love your pics but I just know I´d look ridiculous wearing that myself. That´s how it goes, I guess :)

    P.S. Mixing prints with a denim jacket works every time!


  5. Thank you for such awesome tips! I love the stripes and polka dot combo...very cute :)

  6. Pinning this now...
    I've been wanting to try mixing prints for a few years, alas 90% of my wardrobe was filled with neutrals. I finally have a few pieces to work with & I'm excited.
    Thank you for these tips!

  7. AnonymousJuly 10, 2012

    Can't wait to be able to wear non maternity clothes again. Will sunday be the day? :)

  8. It's interesting that we always do it in our homes without any problem yet hesitate to wear it!
    Thanks for the confidence booster Lauren I'm going to give it a go!
    Great post!

  9. These tips are so incredibly helpful! I love this trend of mixing prints! Leopard print designs are my absolute favorite. I just wrote a post about the same trend! :)
    Lovely post!


  10. Great tips1 I'm always intimidated by mixing patterns but LOVE it. Def trying to mix it up more @ work.

  11. AnonymousJuly 10, 2012

    Great post, very helpful!

  12. Oh I love mixing prints! It's so fun and unexpected! It takes confidence! rock it!

  13. Such great tips. I especially love polka dots with florals!

  14. I love mixing and matching! I remember being very little and wanting to wear a mix of bright colors and prints. I looked like Punky Brewster sometimes.Thanks for the inspiration and tips too. It's so much fun to experiment :)

  15. Love this post ♥, you can see my mixing print at


  16. very cute tips! THanks!


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