Happy Saturday people! Today is all about the murky waters of print! You are probably going like, Mixing prints? Are you crazy? but hold your horses lo, this trend isn’t faux pax anymore, it is actually on now and lives on and will very possibly live on for a very long time. But as beautiful as it looks, its definitely not that easy. i have seen and experienced the struggle (the struggle is real, lol). 

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

Mixing prints looks easy but it seems guys aren’t quite getting it. I have come across all manner of pairing that has made me do a double and sometimes triple takes when walking in town. Oh my days its like people just throw on any ensemble of print and then forget to look at their mirrors before leaving the house….WHY!, I mean just because its an African print doesn’t mean the rules don’t apply! The same rules that apply to mixing stripes, florals, monochromes, checks etc do apply to African prints as well. Now I don’t claim to be the pro of prints,since I have had my moments with this trend, but I want to get down to basics with the fashionistas who are still a work in progress. Mixing prints is a definite DO in fashion. It embodies sophistication, ultimate lux and trendy coolness. It also shows off your creative and skillful side when it comes to pairing separates.How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

By now though, pretty much every human being who’s wearing clothes knows that:

(1) Rules are obsolete to a certain extent, and

(2) Mixing prints is a definite DO in fashion.

Nevertheless… mixing prints, as chaotic as it may come across, is one trend that actually comes with a tiny guide, in order to nail this look to its very core.

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

1. Mix Patterns with similar colors
This tip is a great way to start, especially for those who aren’t confident with the bolder combination like I did. Your patterns should share the same color family to achieve elegant and modern balance. For example, if your flower top is blue and white, your skirt/pants should have some blue to it or anything similar – same color, but different nuance – to those colors, or opt for a print that has at least one of the colors of the other print. And to complement the look bet on accessories in different colors to give a little edge on the outfit.

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

2. Do balance with the scale of the patterns

One basic rule of fashion is always about having an elegant balance to your outfits, and this will only go perfectly to this mixing technique if you understand the balance between scales, colors, themes of the patterns. When you’re mixing your own patterns, look for a connection: It could be a color, a shape, a silhouette.

First of all, it is worth recalling that prints can really empower your body silhouette. Horizontal lines can make your figure looks wider while vertical lines do the opposite way. Small prints will make you look subtle, while large patterns really highlight your outfits, as well making you look wider, super busy and heavy.

So, wear your patterns – either small or large – to enhance your best assets and conceal the others. Don’t wear large prints on part of the body you want to hide, and avoid marrying two different large prints if you don’t know the rules. Sometimes, wearing two different super-bold patterns makes it look like you got dressed drunk or in the dark.

There are many ways of mixing prints to look polished and not overwhelming. The key is to stick with only two prints and pair your outfit with basic solid accessories, such as bag, belt, jewelries, or heels. Or you may mix two similar scaled prints – but not two super big ones – as long as you break it up with something solid. Make sure your patterns and textures won’t compete each other.

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

3. Mix Patterns with the same theme
Stripes with stripes, floral with floral, monochromatic with monochromatic, leopard with leopard, etc. there are plenty options of prints mixing to pull off. However, try not to go too matchy-matchy, especially if you use the same basic patterns. Similar polka dot patterns on head and toe make it look like you’re overly confined to fashion rules. As if your outfit is too well-thought and predictable. It’s boring and just isn’t exciting to look at. Just add a few surprises by wearing different types of prints and textures although it still appears with the same theme. In this case, we are looking for the same theme and not for exactly the same prints with different colors.

The key rule is to make sure you don’t put too many prints altogether to the entire outfit. Give your outfit some rest by breaking it up with a basic, solid color, especially if the two mixing prints are already vibrant. If your clothes are printed combine it with basic accessories. Or use accessories to accentuate the highlight colors, for example if your pieces are super busy with colors and prints, wear solid accessories that have one of the colors of the prints. However, if you wish to have printed accessories pair it with basic piece although you may abuse more than two solid colors.

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print) How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print) How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

How to Mix-Match Ntoma (African wax print)

Mixing patterns artfully can be super tricky. its all about what prints balance each other and what works for your body type. Just have fun with it while following the few basic rules i just shared and maybe next time i bump into one of you anywhere my double take will be to appreciate rather than a ‘what the hell happened’ moment!

Tell me what you think about the art of mixing prints.

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