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One of my friends mentioned that mixing different prints and patterns in a single outfit doesn’t exactly come naturally to her, so – voila! – this is the first of a three-part PRINT MIXING 101 series ūüôā

Also, I gave my Pinterest account a much-needed re-org, including adding a Recipes board, so be sure to check it out!

I mentioned¬†in THIS POST that as long as a certain taste level is maintained, I don’t think there are any real, definite rules to personal style. However, mixing and clashing prints is a fashion phenomenon that can seem a little daring and daunting at first. But just imagine: the freedom to wear what you want and what feels good without the confines of being matchy-matchy all the time. Not that there’s anything wrong with being matchy-matchy; it’s all about options, and a girl has GOT to have options :-).

Click through for two easy print mixing strategies using what you already have in your closet.

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Shirt: Madewell (styled more casually HERE)/ Skirt: J Crew/ Sunnies: Ray-Ban

  • Pair similar prints in varying scale or direction, for example try wide stripes with thin ones; vertical with horizontal; large dots with smaller dots.¬†For another illustration of this principle in action, check out this¬†Stripe-o-Rama¬†post from Kristi at¬†biscuits&NAVY. I want every. single. item. in her look!

My hubby, who is also my photographer (or should I say, “my photographer, who is also my hubby” to sound more professional, LOL), had such a pained look on his face while shooting this outfit that I had to ask him what in the world was wrong. He said, “I just don’t think that goes together. You know, all those stripes and some are going this way and some are going that way…” I was ROTFL – in my head – but I calmly explained, “Honey, that’s the point.” I could tell he wasn’t convinced. Like I said before, we’ve been married a long time ūüôā

Shirt, shorts (also in THIS POST), and belt: J Crew/ Skimmers: Madewell (see them HERE)/ Sunnies: Ray-Ban

  • Add a patterned accessory.¬†Printed shoes, belts, scarves, and bags are a super-easy way to toss another pattern into an outfit.

Stay tuned for PRINT MIXING 101 (PART II)!

Do you have any things you need shopped or any questions or dilemmas you’d like addressed (within the scope of the blog, of course)? Definitely let me know in the comments section, send me an¬†email, or contact me via Twitter @JoySunshineBlog!

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