Friday, April 13, 2012

Ask Olisi Friday's: Mixing Prints???

Hello Stampees!  I'm back!  It's time for Ask Olisi Friday's!!!!  This questions hails from Jasmine in Maryland:
How can I have fun with mixing prints without looking crazy?
Jasmine, this is a great question.  I've noticed many people mixing prints with poor execution.  The key to making this trend work is simply, keeping it SIMPLE.  There are three sure-fire easy ways to execute this...
  1. Keep the prints in the same color family. This happens to be one of the easiest ways to go.  I find myself using this method the most.  See an example here.
  2. Balance the prints.  You can do this by keeping one of the prints neutral and the other in a bright color.
  3. Mix in Accessories.  This is a great option if you're just trying to get your feet wet.  Maybe mixing in a animal print scarf or a bangle with a graphic blouse or pant.
Here are three visuals for the three ways provided:

1. Whitney Port - Mixing Prints in the Same Color Family
2. Diane Kruger - Doing a great job of balancing the prints
3. Solange - Master of mixing prints.  In this case with an accessory, her scarf!

Here are a few other tips:
  • Wear the bigger/bolder print on the part of your body you don't mind emphasizing.  Meaning, if you have a small bust, wear the bolder print on the top and vice versa.
  • Always make sure you wear clothing that flatters your shape and skin tone.
  • Rock the outfit with confidence.  No one will believe you if you don't believe it yourself.  Own it!
If you follow these guidelines, you're sure to turn heads.  I hope my answer helped you. Want a more detailed analysis? Email me at!

Jasmine, I now pronounce you STAMPED.  Now, share the love!  Please keep me posted on your journey for finding your right print style.

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Until next time....

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