Style Tips

How To Wear Print On Print

Mixing prints may seem tricky if you're giving it the first go, just bear in mind that styling rules are only made to be broken. Matching or clashing, all kinds of patterns are being thrown into the mix, thoroughly stirred together and turned into lively silhouettes. 

by Charlotte De Loose

Mixing patterns on the runway

When discussing pattern, one name naturally comes to mind. Mary Katrantzou, queen of the clashing prints, has been creating unique patterns and putting together captivating combinations ever since her debut. Adding not just one or two but on average at least four patterns to one silhouette, the designer proves that the limit in this styling technique is yet to - or may never - be found. Other designers, such as Christian Wijnants and Claire Waight Keller for Chloé, also utilised some of their SS17 clothing as a blank canvas to create memorable pieces of art out of various floral prints. 

Print on print styled for the street

As rules are made to be broken and limits are there to be crossed, go ahead and mix florals with a graphic print or checks with paisley, as Acne Studios showed. If you are still new to the trend, a few simple tricks can set you off on the right foot. Whether or not they are in the same colour range, a floral print can always be amplified by another floral print. And as James' boutique owner Sabine mentioned, stripes are a trustworthy essential among prints and will match perfectly with any other pattern. 

How our stylists did it  

A few simple guidelines from our stylists may help you feel more secure while mixing and matching for the first time. The key is to look for a common factor in the pieces you are using to assemble your look. When combining multiple prints of the same kind - florals, for example -combine a large print with a smaller one to increase the intensity of your outfit. If you want to create more depth by mixing different patterns, you may want to consider staying within the same colour range. Depending on your level of style extremity, use up to two different prints and only add subtle accessories to keep everything in balance.