One of my absolute favorite things to do is mix prints. I’ll never forget back in 2014 one of my students looking up at me and asking “do you know your clothes sometimes don’t match?” At the time I laughed and assured her the mix matching was being done intentionally. I like mixing prints because it allows you to be adventurous, bold and take fashion risk. I love the contrast between two good prints that somehow work together to create a beautiful outfit.
This skirt and shirt are both vintage finds from the thrift store (read my tips for thrifting success here) that I bought on separate occasions, years apart. I love wearing this skirt because it gives me vintage glamour vibes (which I LOVE). Additionally, if you look closely, the skirt is already print mixing on its own, in between the horizontal stripes is a gingham print.
I wore this skirt for the first time to the theatre with my Grandmother. I believe we went to see Hairspray and that was over 10 years ago now. A good thrifted/vintage piece will really last you. I have worn and paired this skirt with a number of things but this was the first time I thought to style it with this blue and white polka dot top. One of the easiest ways to mix prints is to mix two patterns in the same color scheme. The blue and white on the polka dot skirt perfectly complements the shades of blue and white stripes on the skirt.
I paired the look with some metallic platform sandals from ASOS. I liked the way the shoes added a trendy/modern element to an outfit that was otherwise very vintage inspired. The cat eye glasses were a Harlem street vendor find that I cannot stop wearing.
This shirt and skirt are quickly becoming a favorite new combination of mine and I am already plotting about when I can wear them together again. Be sure to check back next week where I will break down how to mix prints and take you through a visual guide of how I have had fun with print mixing over the years!