So What’s the Secret to Mixing Prints in 2018?

Paris, France
October 29, 2018


When I think about fashion, one of my favorite aspects is the evolution of it all. From decades redone in fresh ways to new plays on certain trends, it’s always exciting to see how designers and fashion girls put their own spin on recycled styles. And one of those styles that’s been gracing the streets and runways lately is prints on prints. Mixing prints is something that’s been done for decades, but each time it comes around, there’s something a bit different.

So what’s the secret for mixing prints in 2018? Monochrome prints, of course!

But instead of the same print running from top to bottom, you must pick one print in different variations. Whether that’s bold wide stripes mixed with daintier lines or explosive florals mixed with delicate ones or plaids in similar color palettes but different structure. This play on prints is chic and a lot quieter than mixing prints in earlier years. And I’ve got to say, it might be my favorite way to mix prints…ever. It’s also incredibly simple to do! Rather than knowing which prints match with what, you’re mixing the same print – just in different forms.

Better yet, rely on designers doing the heavy lifting for you. Red Valentino is one brand who does this better than most, and I love to see their play on bold patterns and colors, but in a way that never feels too loud. For example, this floral on floral dress I wore while enjoying a park day and the local market in Paris lately. A feminine dress in my favorite city? Days don’t get much better.

If you’re dying for this modern mix of prints, I’ve gone ahead and put together several items I’d pair together below.

Now that the secret’s out, will you be mixing prints this year?

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| Red Valentino Dress | OTK Boots | Red clutch |


Love how the dress and the coat compliment each other! You look so elegant! Where did you get the coat from? I love it!

supal // @chevronseclairs

I adore the dress and you look so stunning! Love the styling!

chevrons & éclairs

This is probably my favorite dress ever. It’s so gorgeous and you styled it perfectly! I also love mixing different variations of the same print. So chic!


ahh is it??! i’m obsessed with all things red valentino right now too!

Fashion history or the evolution of fashion has always been something that captivates me and draws my attention too. I enjoy seeing how certain trends come to be and what makes them stick around. Prints is one of the trends I find is always showing up on the runway, and despite that the prints might be different or come in multiple patterns and designs. There must be a method to it all that makes it so popular! Now it clearly makes sense that you mention monochrome prints. I don’t know about you, but whenever I am wearing prints, I never go to mix zig zags and polka dots, but rather stick with one and play around with the size and colour. Truly a fascinating post and I adore the Red Valentino dress! I must look into more of their clothes 🙂


Can you please say where your beautiful hair bow is from?

Ah sweets it’s quite old but Anthropologie has a ton of cute bows right now!

we’re totally on the same page and I love your opinion here. so happy we both relate – thank you so much!

I just LOVE mixing up prints and you have done it so effortlessly!


Ellie xx

ah thank you babe! what’s your favorite way to mix??

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