How to mix prints like a style pro
Don’t you wish you could wear all your prints together without looking like you got dressed in the dark? With our guide to mixing prints, you can wear your favorite patterns in ways you never knew existed. From floral on floral to stripes on stripes, see how street style stars and the biggest faces in the fashion world mix their prints to perfection.
Stripes on Stripes
Update your styling techniques and pair your stripes together, no matter which way they’re headed. Wear horizontal striped tees with pleated vertical stripes like Bat Gio or for an effortless-casual look, wear similar-colored stripes in different directions, all at the same time.
Marie Deuñas Jacobs in stripes at NYFW ss15.
Giovanna Battaglia in a Reformation top and Marco de Vincenzo skirt at NYFW ss15.
Floral on Floral
Combine your floral pieces and create a unique arrangement like blogger Susie Lau in brightly colored prints. Or raid your closet for anything of the same color to create a monochrome look worth replicating.
Susie Lau at NYFW SS15.
Florals at Stockholm Fashion Week Fall 2014.
When you can’t decide on which two prints to combine, just choose ‘em all! Rocking a look like below takes talent, but with the right designs and colors, you can definitely make it work. Patch together florals, plaids and dots in similar hues for an eclectic, photo-worthy ensemble.
Fashion Week goer in Milan wearing a Marc Jacobs top, Suno skirt and Proenza Schouler shoes.
Art on Art
Art prints are still huge this fall, so look to some of our favorite style stars to see how they style their outfits. The key to making two different patterns look good together, is either sticking with pieces within a collection or wearing complimentary tones like Hanneli.
Elena Perminova in Burberry at
Hanneli Mustaparta at Paris Fashion Week SS 2015.
Dots on Stripes
Leandra Medine knows a thing or two about taking fashion risks, making pretty much anything she puts together oh-so-right. For not so obvious inspiration, wear stripes as your basic with a bold, printed bottom.
Leandra Medine, blogger of Man Repeller, at Paris Fashion Week SS15.
The Four Temperaments: Choleric - Yellow Bile
Choleric: “Easily angered, hot-tempered”. From Late Latin cholericius, meaning “bilious”, or “full of bile”, from Greek kholerikos, “an excess of bile”. Khole-, or “bile”, is combined with the suffix -ous, meaning “a state of”.
As one might expect, “cholera" is derived from choleric. It was believed to be a state of putrefaction of the yellow bile.
When “bile” is referred to on its own, with no qualifier, it’s assumed to be yellow bile, which was thought to originate from the spleen. The substance that is now called “bile" and is used in digestion is the yellow-green substance stored in the gallbladder, which originates in the liver, and is the substance that the Greek and Roman physicians referred to.
An overabundance of yellow bile was believed to result in a hot temper, rash disposition, and viciousness. Like all of the humours, a proper balance was thought to be the key to a healthy life. In humourism, people were thought to be born with a certain disposition, which created a slight overabundance of one humour or another. However, if a vice or poor diet was adopted, anyone could develop a dystemper (“bad temper”) in any of their humours.
In its positive state, many world and warfaring leaders were thought to be Choleric.
Facets of Choleric Temperaments:
- Element: Fire (hot and dry)
- Season: Summer
- Planet: Mars
- Organ: Liver (Gall Bladder)
- Opposing humour: Phlegm
- Characteristics: Natural leadership, aggression, self-motivation, “short fuse”, passion. Irritability.
- Associated diseases: Many stomach ailments such as ulcers and acid reflux. Hemorrhoids, headaches, jaundice, and inflammatory conditions. Hypersensitivity of the skin and digestive tract. Gallstones. Nosebleeds.
An excess of yellow bile was thought to be caused by an excessively fast-paced lifestyle, alcohol and tobacco consumption, and eating red meat, spicy food, and rich cheese.
To re-balance yellow bile, it was suggested to abstain from greasy foods, alcohol, and tobacco. If that did not cure the ailment, a strict diet was advised, but because Choleric types were natural leaders and often affluent, the advice was rarely heeded.
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Rachel McAdams - Canada’s Walk of Fame Ceremony in Toronto - Oct 18, 2014
Dianna Agron in Bottega Veneta at the Hammer Museum’s 2014 Gala in the Garden.
Aaliyah as the fictional Queen Akasha of Kemet in the 2002 film Queen of the Damned.