Pairing prints is a very tough job, tougher than it looks. Most collections are doing it now and it kind of makes me feel like trying to do the same. Getting dressed is about taking risks, showing who you are and knowing how to play with what you have. Matching belts and shoes are definitely safe, and something I would normally do, but matching prints it’s a real brain-pick.
A few weeks back, while my mother was getting dressed, I had the idea of trying to match as much prints as I could with the things in both our closets. The result was a very fun morning, mother-daugher-bonding, spent pairing the most improbable patterns and prints.
Originally, this ensemble was just the top and skirt, but my mother added the scarf to the waist line to make it look edgier, funnier and a lot more risky. While she loved it immediately, I was slightly hesitant, until looking at the pictures. The red gives the whole look an unexpected twist that works.
Palm trees are, definitely, the print of summer. These two pieces from Zara make for the perfect match, making the one underneath look like a high waisted skirt, instead of a dress. The t-shirt has the green transition that works perfectly as a belt and a mellow and melodic passage.
These shorts (also seen here and here) are one of my favorite for summer, but they can get boring with an non-patterned blouse or shirt, so we tried adding the elegant stripes of this blouse from my mother (which you can find here).
Another ethnic pattern that works perfectly with this top from Zara (seen here). This was one of the first ensembles we drafted out and we both found it made the perfect match. An important thing we realized, while drafting out the mix of prints, was that it’s important to stick to the same color palette, given that you’re already mixing and matching.
This is one of my favorite skirts and I’ve had it forever. I always combine it with a plain sweater, t-shirt or a denim shirt (as seen here), but this mix and match goes beyond my expectations and both prints blend in perfectly with each other. Don’t you think?
This was the most risky we got, in terms of mixing different patterns. Three can be stretching a bit your imagination and the sense of good taste, but somehow, we found that it worked in a lovely and cohere, creating the perfect harmony with all the colors and even prints (you can see this t-shirt here).
This turned out to be one of my favorite ensembles. I love the ethnic, almost portuguese-tile-like print the top has, matched with the relaxed squared shirt and the girly skirt. Each piece has different types of blues that create the perfect blend, from one to the other, almost telling you a story.
This was one of the last looks we captured and it was a very last minute improvisation. My mother wanted to get this sort of polo caught on camera but we weren’t finding a harmonious match, until I remember these high waisted jeans (also seen here). Both pieces have a very pastel palette to them which makes up for the perfect combination.
Lastly, we decided to be a little bold but I’m still not sure how I feel about this look. I’m in love with the mix and match (this is a vintage Dolce & Gabbana skirt that belongs to my mother) but I don’t know if I would have the courage to go out with this much skin exposed. Nonetheless, I decided to show and maybe inspire you to go out there and be bold and brave, because I love the overall look and feel of it.