Although I work in fashion for a living and spend my days trying to help others master trends and outfit ideas, I have to admit that the idea of mixing prints is a little stressful. It just feels like there are so many ways it could go wrong and so few ways it could go right that the odds are stacked against success—and that’s intimidating. One way I’ve found of (sort of) cheating the system is taking an tried-and-tested mixed-print outfit and simply emulating it.
Whether that’s via a celebrity sighting, a street style snap, or, in today’s case, a lookbook, there’s something about seeing it done right that’s comforting. If you feel the same way, you’ll get great utility out of today’s post: We’re looking to our very own Who What Wear collection models to show us five ways to master the look. From outfits that combine similar patterns of different scales to looks that mix florals with stripes, there’s a mixed-print ensemble out there for everyone—see and shop them below.
Starting with the subtlest of approaches, combine different prints of the same scale—we love this gingham-on-gingham look.
For another easy-to-wear combo, take a neutral printed dress (again, gingham!) and combine it with a floral jacket. The result? Well, you can see for yourself above.
Looking to go a little bolder? Combine a contrasting blazer and midi skirt, and add a black top and neutral heels to tie it all together.
Here we see why you can never go wrong with classics—a gingham trench and polka-dot dress might just be our new favorite combo.
Last, but not least, a striped sweater is instantly elevated when you pair it with a floral skirt and heels in the same color family.
That's all for today! We challenge you to try at least one of these look this weekend—be sure to post a photo and tag #whowhatwearing so we can check it out.