Three Tips for Fabulous Fourth Style: Tip Two—Mix Prints for a more Festive Look!

For a fun and festival Fourth of July look, mix prints in red, white, and blue. This will be a more unexpected look, especially if you choose prints that are not something clearly "Fourth of July prints"—like an American flag print. Bonus points if you can mix a strip with a star print!

Tips for making it work:

 Three prints, including a star print and stripe print. Outfit:  Striped Favorite Tank, Picnic Short,   Star Print Scarf , and the  Bow Ballet Flats

Three prints, including a star print and stripe print. Outfit: Striped Favorite Tank, Picnic Short, Star Print Scarf, and the Bow Ballet Flats

  • Make one of your prints stripes for more clear reference to Independence Day
  • Consider mixing a stripes print and a star print, if you have them, for a fun play on the American flag (and this mixes two of the same types of prints [geometric], which is a win for print mixing)
  • For the Fourth, you can have a lot of fun mixing prints in the three colors, which automatically gives you a limited palette and the opportunity to go bigger and bolder than normal
  • Follow the rule for mixing prints so the outfit works together, especially these:
    • It may be easier to mix prints if you choose one main color that is in each of the prints to bring the outfit together (white may be easiest and is used in my examples)
    • For a more complicated mix, try prints with different main color (such as red, white, and blue) [These last two conflict, but either can work, so go with what best fits your style and experience with mixing prints]
    • If mixing prints in the same color, emphasize differences in size, fabric, and style of print
    • Play with size, mixing smaller prints with larger prints
    • Look for different fabrics and structure, such as a loose knit and a structured cotton
    • Consider stripes a neutral when mixing prints
  • Have fun—it’s the Fourth you can go a bit wild and not be the craziest dressed person
 Two prints with different main colors, textures, and print size. Outfit:  KRIS TOP,   PICNIC SHORT,   STAR PRINT SCARF  , AND THE   BOW BALLET FLATS

Two prints with different main colors, textures, and print size. Outfit: KRIS TOP, PICNIC SHORT, STAR PRINT SCARF, AND THE BOW BALLET FLATS

 Two prints both in the same two colors with the same main colors in different sizes. Outfit:  Butterfly Print Scarf  ,   PLEATED STAR SKIRT,   SLEEVELESS DOUBLE DRAPE TEE,   AND   BOW BALLET FLATS.

Two prints both in the same two colors with the same main colors in different sizes. Outfit: Butterfly Print Scarf, PLEATED STAR SKIRT, SLEEVELESS DOUBLE DRAPE TEE, AND BOW BALLET FLATS.

Check out the first tip: Wear Two & Pop One and tune in tomorrow for the second!