Monday, September 19, 2016

How to Mix Prints: Feat. Striped Maxi Wrap Skirt by Zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful
Skirt: c/o Zaful | Top: Brandy Melville (similar here, here and here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Sears (similar here, here and here) | Watch: c/o 101 Watch | Necklace: c/o Posh Human

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I'm loving so many trends this season, from velvet, to off-the-shoulder pieces, to mixing prints. Unfortunately, pattern mixing can be like walking that tricky line between chic fashion and tacky style. I thought it may be helpful to share some tips and tricks I've picked up to make sure you stay on the right side of that line!

To demonstrate, I mixed a grey glen plaid off-the-shoulder crop top with this striped wrap maxi ($17.99!) from Zaful (see other blogger looks from Zaful and as well as reviews). Remember a while back when I mentioned waiting for hours in line for that Brandy Melville warehouse sale? Well it was worth it because I picked up this top from there for just $5! 

This oh-so-chic skirt is my first piece from Zaful, and has single-handedly made me a loyal customer for obvious reasons! It's effortlessly chic, comfortable, easy to wear, and affordable - checking off all my fashion boxes! I still cannot believe it's just $17.99Its hi-low hem gives it such an ethereal feel, and the wrap which ties at the back is so unique and darling. There's even a slit in the waistband to pull the tie through so that it stays level. I adore how it ties in a bow so quaintly at the back. The wrap also ensures that it's one size fits all. I'm 5'3" and it just barely sweeps the ground at this length, which is also adjustable depending on how high you tie it. Plus, the maxi length combined with its flowy wrap style makes it the perfect transition piece for fall. Expect to see this one on major repeat this season!

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

How to Mix Prints

1. Match one bold print with a more subdued pattern.

The key here is to not make it look too busy. See how the bold stripes on the skirt stand out, while the grey glen plaid top is much more subtle? This gives a balance to the patterns, so they're not dueling for the limelight. 

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

2. Tone down the rest of the outfit.

There's already enough going on with multiple prints in one outfit. keep your shoes, bag and accessories neutral if your top and skirt are two differing patterns.

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

3. Don't overdo it.

Don't get it twisted - the mixing prints trend does not give you a free fashion pass to throw on every pattern you own. Start with mixing two prints, and MAYBE add a third one day when you feel really comfortable with the mixing trend.  

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

4. Mix tailored and flowy pieces.

Each print item should bring its own flavor to the outfit. Pairing a tailored piece (like this fitted top), with a flowy piece (e.g. this skirt), brings a second balance to the look other than the print juxtaposition. This adds multiple levels of cohesiveness to the outfit. 

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

5. Keep colors in mind.

Patterns are more than their graphics - think about the color matching as well! In this look, I paired a grey and black top with a white and dark navy skirt which looks nearly black. I added these black block heels from Steve Madden which are so versatile and pulls the look together. The pop of color from my bag really makes the top and skirt stand in further solidarity with each other. Their colors are similar which makes them balance each other nicely, despite their different patterns.

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

6. The Type of Print Matters

It is said that stripes, especially black and white stripes, are almost considered a neutral. That's because graphic prints are easier to mix than floral or animal prints. One exception to this rule is leopard, which is often also considered a neutral especially in clutch or shoe form. 

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful

how to mix prints in fashion striped maxi wrap skirt zaful
Skirt: c/o Zaful | Top: Brandy Melville (similar herehere and here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Bag: Sears (similar herehere and here) | Watch: c/o 101 Watch

7. Confidence is Key

The truth is, despite all of these rules, the most important trick in the book is always to have fun and own it! No matter what you're wearing, you can pull off anything with a knowing smile and a twinkle in your eye. If you love it and you're comfortable in it, that's the most important thing. 

Comment Challenge: Are you rocking the mixed print trend this season? What are your tips for this look?

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