The "not so common" rule to mixing prints


In a previous post, I stated that the key to mixing prints is to ensure that they have at least one common color. However, I also pointed out that one can get away with not obeying this rule. For folks who aren't adventurous, I suggest that you stick to the 'common color rule' until you're comfortable enough to venture beyond that. One has to be very familiar with mixing prints before daring to break the 'common color rule.' We don't want to be blamed if you end up looking ridiculous :).

Besides color, there are other things to keep in mind when pairing prints such as the design on the fabric, etc. But one question I like to ask myself when I have two prints without a common color is, "would these colors go well together on any given day?" If the answer is yes, then I know I can attempt to pair them.

For instance, the colors blue and red usually go well together. So if print A is predominantly blue and print B is mainly red, then both prints are likely to compliment each other. Feel free to take the design on both fabrics into consideration as well.

In today's post I paired my blue, yellow and green Ankara print skirt with my black and white print top. This was an easy combination because the colors black and white pretty much go with everything. I also considered the design on both prints. They both have flowers on them so I was convinced that the combo would work.

If you're a newbie to mixing prints, get comfortable with the 'common color rule' then slowly slip out of your comfort zone into the world of uncommon rules.

Photographed by Chinny.