Mixing Prints

Photography by  Meagan Weatherby 

Linen Top: Crystal Siemens  -  Linen Shorts: Crystal Siemens  -  Wedges: Manolo Blahnik  -  Clutch: Beverly Feldman  -  Sunnies: Nicole Miller  -  Necklace: Heirloom   Belt: Hyde  -  Rings on Right: Oak + Fort  -  Rings on Left: H&M 

Summer is a great time to wear bright & bold prints.  When mixing prints the most important thing to keep in mind is scale. First of all; the size of the print for your body type.  Those who are petite should avoid large patterns, as it becomes overwhelming and looks out of porportion. On the other hand - plus sizes should avoid smaller prints, as it can appear very busy and unflattering. Find a balance that works for you - perhaps accessorizing with a printed bag with a large print, or shoes with a micro print instead of the garments.
When pairing prints together the size of each print should appear obviously different. Another thing to keep in mind is mixing different shapes. If you are wearing polka dots, try pairing it with a pattern that does not have dots or round shapes - It's all about balance. 

When mixing prints I like to accessorize with solids, to help ground the look. The simplicity of these black patent wedges and belt neutralize the two prints, as black is a common colour in both of the prints.  
I have been on a search for a flattering Romper, made of good quality materials for the past couple of years. As I was unsuccessful, I decided to create the illusion of a romper with these separates. The fitted crop top and high wasted tailored shorts together create the look of a romper. I added the belt where the two fabrics meet to create a cleaner silhouette and a break from the bold pattern. 


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