If you’ve ever tried your hand at mixing prints, only to look like you’ve just stepped out of your childhood dressing up box, you’ll know how difficult it can be to get it right.
We’re endlessly seeing cool fashion girls showing us how it’s done and seeing perfectly mismatched looks on the catwalk, but when it comes to doing it ourselves, it’s a minefield.
However there’s one simple trick to clashing your prints that makes it so much easier to get right.
TikTok star Eve Lily hit the nail on the head with a recent video, which explains the rule so well we had to share it with you.
The stylist explains that to clash prints effortlessly, you need to identify one print as a staple and the other as a statement. So for example, staple prints could be polka dots, stripes or ditsy florals, while statement pieces will be the more garish prints, such as 70s patterns, graphic florals or wavey prints.
Team these patterns together and they’ll complement each other nicely, but if you pair two statement prints, the look can appear a little too much. Having said that, we do encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable, whatever that might be.
To break up the prints, add accessories such as chunky waist belts, or throw on a sweater vest or corset to simplify the look.
As well as Eve Lily, there are plenty of influencers who have adopted the same rule when it comes to pattern clashing. Here are some of our favourite looks for outfit inspiration.
Get the look
Wide-Collar Blouse, now £30, Arket – buy now
Mint Striped Wool Blend Sweater Vest, £70, Glassworks London – buy now
Pink and White Gingham Trousers, £65, Glassworks London – buy now
Imogen Leather Block Heel Lace Up Ankle Boots, now £149, HOBBS – buy now
Aviators, £138, Ray-Ban – buy now
Women’s Multi-Colour ‘Swirl’ Silk Square Scarf, £150, Paul Smith – buy now
Oversize Gingham Blazer, £59.99, Zara – buy now
Shaker Pant, £50, The Ragged Priest – buy now
Oreo Heeled Mules, £29.99, Public Desire at ASOS – buy now
Purple Puff Sleeve Check Print Midi Dress, £46, River Island – buy now
Pullover Knit Vest, £25, Monki – buy now
Pastel Floral Printed Tights, £10, ASOS DESIGN – buy now
Labelrail x Olivia & Alice Relaxed Trucker Jacket, £42, ASOS – buy now
Printed Mesh Rollneck, now £84, GANNI – buy now
High-waisted Wide-leg Trousers, £79, Cos – buy now
Leather Heeled Ankle Boots, £120, & Other Stories – buy now
Wipeout Knit, £45, The Ragged Priest – buy now
Floral Print Trousers, £29.99, Zara – buy now
Leather Pointed Kitten Heel Mules, £85, & Other Stories – buy now
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