Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mixing Prints...Awesome or Awful?

The art of mixing is simple. Take two, or three, etc things that are awesome separately and mix them together to make one multiplied awesome thing.

Example: Orange juice is great. So is champagne. But when combined to form the mimosa, plain old orange juice and champagne are left in the dust.

So the question arises, if mixing different ingredients together can make a more delicious and wonderful cocktail, does the same principal apply to mixing patterns and prints in fashion?

Blair Waldorf, a huge advocate of cocktails, takes a risk strolling the streets of Paris in Moschino's Spring 2010 mixed print dress.

I think she looks stunning and totally pulls this look off. But 99% of us do not live in a fictional world and thus cannot meander through our daily lives in a beret, couture dress, and 5-inch stilettos while casually eating a croissant. *sigh*

But that doesn't mean we can't have a little fun experimenting. Mixing prints can be a great way to turn heads and really make a statement.

To avoid that I-came-from-Candyland-look, opt for subtle patterns and more muted colors.

Start with the Cecilia blouse in navy flowers. And keep your bottoms simple. Try Jcrew's Severn Lace Mini in slate ( Add a great printed taupe shoe (

Simple. Chic. Adjective.

A Blair Waldorf worthy ensemble.

Mixing prints...awesome, but proceed with caution and in the words of Tim Gunn "Make it work!"

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