Tag Archives: print mixing

Graphic Tee and Floral Wedges

9 May Eric and Lani Cat Print Tee

Levis Bold Curve Jeans
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Coach Perforated Blush Tote
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Baseball TeeTop: Eric and Lani (via Macys)
Bottom: Levi’s
Shoes: Lifestride
Bag: Coach (similar)
Belt: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

I normally find myself gravitating towards individual pieces rather than designers and brands, but when I found this cat print graphic tee in Macy’s, I also completely fell in love with a new designer. I grabbed a bunch of stuff off the rack to try on, and when I got into the fitting room, I realized nearly everything I had gotten was by Eric and Lani. It was like this brand had distilled my own personal style into their clothing line.

Their clothing is filled with cute little unique details that just make each piece so special. For example, this top has chiffon sleeves, and the print is just perfectly thought out so I could easily tuck this in without breaking up the pattern. Everything in their catalog is the perfect balance between cute and quirky, and it’s so in line with my style. It was such a hard decision picking which of the pieces I’d tried on I wanted to buy.

To emphasize the quirkiness of this top, I paired it with these fun floral wedges. If you wanted something a little more subtle, it’d also work great with a neutral look.


Mixing Black and White Prints

16 Apr

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Skirt: Forever 21
Top: Express (similar)
Shoes: Abella via DSW
Clutch: Target (similar)

So I wanted to go all black and white with this look, but the pop of green from my clutch turned it into a mostly black and white look. I normally love mixing polka dots and stripes, so this was a fun updated take on that. I love the heart print, and the fact that it’s black and white gives it a bolder more graphic look.

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And what goes better with black and white than a red lip? Lately I’ve found myself gravitating towards a red lip because my Clinique Chubby Stick makes it so easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you definitely need to check them out. They’re a cross between a lip balm and a lip stick, some are closer to a tinted lip balm, while others are a lot more pigmented and feel like moisturizing lip sticks. They’re pretty comparable to some of my nicer lip sticks, and they’re designed to look like crayons but are twist up which is great. The one I’m wearing here is Mightiest Maraschino.

Cruising in Style

4 Apr



T-Shirt: H&M (similar)
Cardigan: American Eagle (similar)
Jeans: 7 for All Mankind (similar)
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Abella

I promise I’ll post copious stories about my conference as soon as I get back, but until then I wanted to share one of my cruise looks with you. I wore this for our day in Catalina, and somehow I matched everything in the town! It was funny. So apparently Catalina uses a bright blue as an accent color all over the city so I matched all of the railings and window panes. And there was yellow everywhere too. I guess the city and me were made for each other.

I love these colors together because the yellow is soft enough to play a secondary role, but still bright enough that the blue doesn’t overwhelm it. And balancing the bright colors with a few neutral prints created a captivating look that is just plain fun.

Pink Print Mixing + Vacation Plans!

23 Mar

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Dress: Target
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Jacket: Unknown
Shoes: Abella (via DSW)

So by the time you read this I’ll be (hopefully) finishing up my packing for my exciting next two week vacation. Most of next week I’ll be on a boat with no internet access whatsoever, so I’ve prewritten a few posts and set them to post over the course of the week. So if everything goes as it should you should still be hearing from me a few more times this week, though it’ll be the me from the past rather than the me from the present (that sounds weird but you get the drift).

I’m cruising next week, but maybe you’re curious what I’m up to the week after? Exciting things, that I can promise you, but I’ll share more details when I get back.

It wasn’t actually cold today but I was in a snuggly kind of weather so I threw on a light scarf and jacket to round out my outfit. I love the contrast of the prints in my scarf and dress. They’re both neutral enough that they go well together, but they’re visually very distinct.

Tip: Combine prints that have one or two colors in common for a more subtle look that still pops.

Here I used the solid pink blazer to pull the look together. Since mixing prints can get a little busy looking it helps to have a solid color in there to give the eyes a break.

Playing with Colors and Prints

16 Oct

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Button-down: Old Navy (similar)
Cardigan: Gap (similar)
Jeans: 7 for all Mankind
Shoes: Unknown (similar)

Had so much fun playing in the playground early in the morning during this shoot. I love how fun and cheery, bright colors and print mixing can make an outfit.

Tip: When layering a cardigan or a sweater over a button-down, or anything with sleeves, cuff up the sleeves so you get a pop of color from the lower layer showing through.

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Playing with color theory again in this outfit. Yellow and blue are part of a triad on the color wheel, which you might remember me talking about in this post. That means that they complement each other well, with a perfect balance between boldness and subtlety.

This photoshoot was also shot by the amazing Bhavna’s Photography.

Lazy Print Mixing

12 Jun

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Headband : Unknown
Skirt : Macy’s (similar)
Collared Shirt: H&M (find in store)
T-shirt : Target
Shoes : Abella
Bracelet : Mardi Gras beads wrapped around a few times 😉

This is my lazy rendition of print mixing, and it’s also an easy way to try mixing prints. Because both prints have the same black and white color palette, they’re easy to combine. Honestly, if you weren’t looking too closely you’d probably confuse them for being the same print. The only problem is that you don’t really get the same effect when two prints are so close. I’d suggest playing with scale more if you’re using the exact same color palette.

My new trick for headbands is to pin back my hair first before putting on the headband. This way I don’t have to worry about my hair moving around or sticking up when the headband moves around and I have great hair all day. I’d definitely recommend trying it.

And if you’d like to see more print mixing, check out this great print mixing collaboration post that I did with a few other bloggers a few weeks ago.

8 Ways to Mix Prints

24 May

Been collaborating with some fantastic bloggers for the past few weeks to put together a great post for you guys and I’m really happy with the end result. I’m sure you guys won’t be disappointed.


Print mixing is one of those things that fashion magazines often make sound more intimidating than they actually are. It’s really quite simple.

Use the following tips to help guide you:

  • Pair together similar colors.
  • Polka dots, stripes, and animal prints can be treated almost like solids : they go with pretty much anything.
  • Pick one bolder pattern and keep the rest more neutral and simple.
  • Play with the scale of prints by mixing a small print with a larger one.
  • Use a solid colored piece like a belt or a jacket to break up different prints.
  • Choose prints that have one color in common for effortless print mixing.


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Polka Dot Pants : Old Navy (similar)
Top : Charlotte Russe (similar)
Shoes : Unknown (similar)

In my outfit, I paired my polka dot pants with a floral top. Since I paired a small scale polka dot with the larger scale, bolder floral print, the effect of the print mixing was subtle and not at all jarring to the eye. I also picked patterns that were all in the same color story, which makes the outfit feel more like one unified piece and not like a modge podge of different elements.

I would typically recommend staying with 2 prints, but because my polka dot print was so subtle, I added a little extra pop with a graphic pair of flats.

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A good way to dip your toes in print mixing is to find yourself a bag, scarf, or pair of shoes with a fun print. Since all these pieces are on the smaller side, it’s easy to pair them with any printed pieces that you may already have in your wardrobe. Just keep those style tips in mind and you’ll be golden.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the featured bloggers print mixing outfits:
Kristina from Kristina does the Internets
Reid from The Fashion Blender
Cayli from Nightchayde
Elizabeth from Undeniably, me
Brittany from Piece, Love and Sole
Terry from Oh, Ivory
Jo-Anne from Myself Expressed

I plan on organizing another collaboration post similar to this one in June so if you think you might be interested shoot me an email at dressuponacloudyday@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing you all!