Pulling Off Clashing Prints

Women in stylish clashing prints outfit.

Traditionally when we think of ‘clashing prints’ it’s not always a positive thing.  But in all honesty, it doesn’t have to be a negative!  The great thing about fashion and style today is there aren’t a lot of rules.  While that can be overwhelming just as it is liberating, we think it’s a total plus.  If you’ve ever seen a celeb or model walking around in clashing prints you’ve probably thought to yourself ‘how is she pulling that off so effortlessly?’  Well, there are a few key points to consider when you want to pull off clashing prints and we’re here to fill you in!

Combine Like Colors
Ok, so the first thing to consider when you’re trying to pull of clashing prints are the colors that make up the printed garments.  Say, for example, you want to wear a clashing print with a printed skirt you love.  Look at the colors that are in the skirt and look for a top that has 1-2 colors that are also in the skirt.  Why?  When you pair two prints that share one to two colors it helps them to feel more cohesive and really to just make sense.  It helps to bring two pieces that traditionally wouldn’t be looked at as going together, seem like they actually go together – even though they’re both prints.  Once you start looking at the color and having colors in common with mixing clashing prints, you’ll start to see how many options you actually have!

Consider The Scale
The next thing to consider when you’re interested in combining clashing prints is to look at the scale of the print.  If you’re not familiar, the scale is just the size of the print.  Let’s go back to that printed skirt…you want to find a printed top to go with it and the scale of the print on the skirt is pretty large.  To compliment the large printed skirt, you’re going to want to find a top that has a smaller scale print.  Why?  If you wear two pieces together that are printed items and they’re both the same scale it can feel like something is wayyyyy off.  Instead, pairing something that’s a different scale print will actually work to complement each piece.  The scales of the prints don’t have to necessarily be drastically different, just so that they’re not the same exact scale.  Visually, it will be more appealing and similar to the like colors it will help them feel like they’re working WITH each other rather than against each other.

These are the two more important factors to consider when trying to pull of clashing prints.  It really doesn’t have to be that hard!  It can sometimes feel intimidating to decide to wear two clashing prints, but follow these two tips and you’re sure to pull it off and look amazing!  It may take a little practice, so if you have some downtime one day just play around in your closet and start combining different prints – you’ll probably be surprised at what you come up with!

Have you ever worn clashing prints?  How did you like it?

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