Being an Image Consultant (one who helps others become successful through Clothing, Grooming, Etiquette and Body Language) I often get messages from friends asking for what to wear or how to style a particular garment/ what color to wear / from where to shop etc. Recently I received a message from a friend asking for a similar kind of help. She sent me a photo of a floral top which she planned to wear with a denim and it is too mainstream. I asked her for the pictures of bottom garments she owns and out of 8-9 pictures she sent me I found one skirt with an abstract angular print. I asked her to wear the skirt with the floral top. She was very hesitant and also said that “people will laugh” without even trying. Finally I instilled some courage in her and she wore it. Next day I receive a call from her saying that how could I decide just by seeing the pictures that the skirt will look good. I just had one thing to say – I am an Image Consultant and I have learned the art and science of clothing.
I was very happy that people liked her outfit but what struck me here was that one sentence “People will laugh at me.” I realized that we have so many resources (Clothes) but we just don’t know how to utilize the resources correctly. So I decided to do this post which is about making an outfit out of 2 prints.
Mixing prints is often misunderstood as a tricky trend. There are a few tips and tricks through which one can pair the prints easily. There is no rocket science behind it.
Here I have combined a Batik print kurti with a Block print skirt. Here’s how I combined this:
- Widely Spaced print (top) with All Over print (skirt)
- Medium size print (top) with Small size print (skirt)
- Both the prints have a common color: Blue
Mixing prints can also be applied for top+scarf/ top+jacket/ scarf+jacket. The prints used here are stripes and animal print. Here’s how I combined these prints:
- Both the prints are classic.
- Angular print with animal print
- Strong color contrast
Small scale prints and closely spaced prints together give a mature look.
Outfit – 3
Prints add interest in plain garments. Prints communicate visual message or mood. For formal scenarios Geometric prints are to be worn. Tips I kept in mind while combining these prints:
- Small size print (top) with Medium size print (skirt)
- Bright color (top) with Dull/Muted color (skirt
- Scattered print (top) with All Over print (skirt)
Tips: Colors play an important role while combining prints. You might have already noticed that all my top garments are of blue colors and the other printed garments -skirts/scarf are of neutral colors. So, remember to share one or more color in common or choose bright vs neutral colors.
- Out of all the prints you wear, one print needs to be dominant (which grabs the attention).
- Don’t wear colorful prints or same sized prints together.
- Before buying printed garment, make sure the print is not too small or too big in proportion with your body.
I hope these tips would help you to combine the prints and if you are stuck while mixing them please feel free to write to me.
Enjoy the festivities!