Dressed for: A Major Mix

Already Pretty outfit featuring polka dot blazer, graphic print dress, snakeskin pumps, rhinestone brooch, rhinestone bracelet

Polka dot blazer, thrifted – more polka dot blazers
Dress via eBay – similar
Pumps, Vince Camuto (no longer available) – similar
Brooch, thrifted – similar
Rhinestone bracelet, J.Crew (no longer available) – similar
Earrings, The Wellington Boot 

A few short months ago, I feared print mixing. Now I’m having so much fun throwing multiple prints into my outfits, that I’m not sure I’ll ever turn back. It’s a technique that’s made easier with some parameters in place, so I may have done three distinct prints here, but since they’re all black and white, it feels unified. (Here are some more tips on easing into print mixing.)

Do you mix prints and patterns? What’s your favorite combo?

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  • Hetley

    Those SHOES! Omg. They are now on my ebay/internet stalk list. Those shoes are gorgeous.
    I think you have nailed pattern mixing. The scale of each pattern is different yet harmonious, and like you said, the black-and-white theme is unifying.
    I personally feel more comfortable mixing textures than I do patterns, but i am easing into it! Stripes and dots, and stripes with floral are two mixes I feel fairly confident deploying, and I’ve done small scale animal prints with stripes to some success. It’s definitely a great, fun way to get a new perspective on one’s wardrobe!

  • Love this combo — very chic!

  • Margeax Batts

    Must be my monitor. as I didn’t realize the shoes had any pattern. Love the jacket and dress.

  • Love this black and white mix – and the fabulous shoes are just more lovable! : >

  • Cee

    The line of that dress is beautiful, Sal. Especially coupled with the blazer.

    I have to admit, my pattern-mizing stretches to leopard print and stripes. Cowardly leopard, I am.

  • Anna

    Cool! Pretty! Pretty cool!

  • Becky

    This outfit is adorable!

  • Natalie

    I blame you entirely, Sal, for my recent print mixing. I just bought the black & white stripped Old Navy dress you recently highlighted – LOVE it. And I bought a white-with-black-polka-dots cardigan. I can’t wait to wear them together.

    Your pattern mixing is inspiring me. I’ve tried mixing a navy & white flowered skirt with a navy, purple, and teal patterned/striped scarf, and I think it was adorable. I’ve been keeping my eyes open for other pattern mixing options in my closet. Most will have to wait until fall hits, and it’s no longer 90 F here, so I can wear scarves, cardigans, and jackets comfortably. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

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  • This is such a sophisticated pattern mix! Love the subtle animal print thrown in with the geometrics, and because the shoes match your skin tone fairly well, the effect is downplayed.