I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of mixing prints, but usually tend to shy away from pairing two patterns together for fear that it may be too obnoxious. But when I saw this gorgeous H&M floral blouse, I knew I had to style it for a fun workwear look and print mixing was the answer, since I don’t own any solid slacks… ? I really think the two patterns balance out nicely and here are a few reasons why;
- The combination of an organic pattern (floral) and a geometric pattern (grid pattern), balance each other out because…
- …the scale of the patterns is varied. Notice the floral pattern on the blouse is large and random. The small print on the ankle pants is repetitive and structured, which provides a much-needed stability to the look.
- Both colors are neutral. By now, y’all know that I consider blush a neutral and it is a staple shade throughout my wardrobe, as it adds just a hint of color but can still look professional, feminine, or fun. I definitely don’t think neutral is the only option when it comes to mixing prints but it’s a great way to ease into the somewhat intimidating trend, especially when dressing for the office.
- I added a belt and a vest to break up and create separation and space between the two patterns. It may seem like accessories would overwhelm an outfit with multiple prints but, when used thoughtfully, they really tie the look together.
- Repetition exists not only in the patterns, but in other elements of the outfit. The strappy heels mimic the cinching created by the black strappy belt.
Have you ever played with print mixing? What are your fool-proof tips for nailing this trend?
P.S. This blouse was so nice, I just had to style it twice! ? So the outfit with the skirt is just a fun weekend look but I think it could be made into an office look, too, with the chiffon pleated skirts and block-heeled sandal I’ve linked below!
H&M Floral Print Long-Sleeved Blouse (linked above)
Old Navy Printed Pixie Pants (pattern no longer available, similar pattern linked)
Target Mossimo Nude Caged Heels (exact color no longer available, similar color linked) Also worn here
“Floral Blouse Two Ways” Photographed by Luke Bowes