Fashion Tips: How to Mix Prints

mixing prints

For this week’s Monday Mingle, we’re talking about mixing prints. Let’s take the concept slow.  Because you don’t want to jump into this trend cold. Not everyone is ready to mix it up ala Tory Burch read her instructions on mixing prints here (love you Tory!) on the first try:

Tory Burch

So my advice is to start by layering in printed accessories. I combined a stripe shoe and a basketweave dress. By adding the striped shoe, the otherwise classic an proper dress gets a little edgy, fresh and fun.

When you feel like this is too easy of a fashion challenge, then it’s time to take on Tory and mix up layers on top.

print wrap dress

Talbots sent me this dress a while ago and it’s become a travel favorite. Diane Von Furstenberg made this style so popular in the 70s. I don’t think the wrap will over truly be out.  Flattering to all (you just have to pick the right color and print) a wrap belongs in every closet. I took it to a wedding shower in DC and it was a smash hit. All you have to do when you get it out of the suitcase is give it a quick shake and viola! wrinkle-free (good thing since I cannot iron). I added a striped open-toe pump I had from J.Crew (here’s a fun beaded heel I also love from J. Crew).

I also wanted to add a necklace, but I wasn’t happy when I layered silver chains on top. So I grabbed this chunky geometric Coldwater Creek green DECO necklace. I liked the way everything popped. I didn’t even know Coldwater Creek made jewelry. Again, this was something that was sent to me unsolicited. It sat in the “IN” pile for a while before inspiration struck. Which just goes to show…never throw out accessories. They don’t take up much space and can really elevate your look.

statement necklace


Monday Mingle is a fashionable collaboration between me, Jill from Glamamom and Kristin from BonBonRoseGirls. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. Today I get to play host. We rotate each week. Everyone is invited!

Now since I’m hosting, you know I want to share a good prize. Today I’m going into the vault to share this great convertible clutch bag from DKNY.

DKNY bag giveaway

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  • Tiffany

    I love mixing prints!! That dress with those heels are perfect!

  • Love the dress. And the shoes. And the necklace. And how you’re rocking it! I’m still working on mixing prints. I feel so awkward when I try it.

    • momtrends

      Start slow. Maybe a handbag in a print?

  • So many great things are going on here – love the wrap dress, striped shoes and this link necklace! And I am so drooling over Tory Burch spring2013 lookbook – some of the prints (and tunic style blouses) remind me of India!! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style Delights Blog

  • Ellen – Thrifty & Chic Mom

    I love the mixed print look, you look amazing!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Ellen. The dress was a little too conservative for simple pumps.

  • momtrends

    Thanks Tiffany!

  • Perfect print mixing. I love how the chunky green necklace brings out the subtle pattern in the dress. Those pumps are killer! I can see them with polka dots and florals too!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alison. You know I am a shoe girl!

  • Stilettos and Diapers

    I love your pattern mixing, Nicole! Gorgeous as always!

    • momtrends

      Thanks. Mixing is so fun.

  • Love this mixed prints look! You look fabulous!

    • momtrends

      Thank you!

  • you look incredible in green

    • momtrends

      That is what my mom says. “You should wear more green”

  • Spashionista Alicia Searcy

    The wrap dress will always be in style because it fits so many women flawlessly. Yours is beautiful and the necklace really draws attention to the pattern on the dress. Love those pumps, too. I’m glad so many interesting patterns are in fashion this year!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

    • momtrends

      Long live the wrap!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    What a gorgeous wrap dress. So classy & chic! I am a fan of pattern mixing and I love how you mixed it with your heels.


  • Jenny @ Babblings of a Mommy

    Green is your color lady. You look fabulous!


    • momtrends

      Thanks Jenny!

  • I think mixing prints is so much fun, and by spacing them out, it never feels overwhelming. love the look!

    • momtrends

      Thank you! Space is good.

  • Gorgeous print mixing…In love with those shoes!

    • momtrends

      I don’t wear them often, but they are classic.

  • Tia Harmon

    Love those striped shoes!

    • momtrends


  • You look STUNNING! Love the color on you.

    • momtrends

      Aww, tanvi you are the best.

  • VERY cute red purse, would love that!

    • momtrends

      You would wear it well!

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious

    Print dresses are like the new black! That’s the perfect work dress for me. LOL. Gorg, Nicole!

    • momtrends

      Agree this wrap is perfect for work!

  • loving all your new professional shots… Great mixing lady! Love that DRESS!

    • momtrends

      I seriously had to stop making my babysitter take all the shots. Time to go pro.

  • C Williams

    would love this

  • Oh to Be a Muse

    I’ve been mixing prints a lot lately. It’s easier than you would think. And you’ve done a great job here–love the Talbots dress.

    Oh to Be a Muse
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    • momtrends

      Thank you!

  • There are so many prints, polka dots, stripes, and leopard, that are considered a neutral now so it’s definitely a fun way to mix thins up and women shouldn’t be a afraid to go for it! Love the wrap dress!

    • momtrends

      You are right. Leopard is a new neutral. Wisdom.

  • Maevis Belvender

    i love that DKNY purse 🙂 also that long green necklace is amazing.

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  • Emily Goswick

    Love the chunky green necklace!! Thanks for hosting this link up 🙂

    The Rancher’s Daughter

  • Nicole I love the dress with the shoes…briliant!

    • momtrends

      Fun. right!

  • Yakini

    Mixing prints is so fun! I’m still a novice at it, so love your ideas! xo

  • I’m a major fan of wrap dresses– so classic and flattering!

    • momtrends

      A good investment.

  • Mixing prints is my all time favorite trend! I’m obsessed! Love your look!

    • momtrends

      Thanks it’s a fun fashion hobby.

  • Pamela Lutrell

    I love to mix prints…you did a great job here and thanks for hosting this fun event!!

    • momtrends

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Celeste

    love your blog

  • Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos

    Love mixed prints– especially when stripes are involved! I think stripes and polka dots are my easiest go-to mix!

  • I love the theme. I am a big fan of mixing prints. Your green link necklace is beautiful.

  • San D

    Gorgeous! Love those shoes!! Thanks for the tips! xo

  • Looks amazing,sweetie!