How to mix prints in a sophisticated and subtle way

There’s something just so achingly cool about clashing prints. It’s a look that says “I’m confident in who I am and my sense of style”. However, while we might admire it on others, many of us aren’t brave enough to try mixing prints ourselves.

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But it is possible to do double print in a way that’s both subtle and sophisticated. The first rule for mixing prints? Stick to a colour palette so there is a sense of cohesion between the pieces. Here, we’ve gone for shades of yellow, purple and grey.

Another trick is to look for pieces with different energies and of varying intensity in either their colour or pattern. This ensures individual pieces don’t compete for attention. Think of it like balancing flavours in cooking. So here, we’ve opted for a colour-blocked top in a subdued shade which provides a great basis for the look. We’ve then paired this with vivid yellow pants, however the grey print that is woven through the yellow is actually quite subtle. Showing this restraint with the main two elements of your outfit means you can be playful with your footwear and opt for a bold print in vibrant shades. A solid black jacket tied at the waist further anchors the look and adds an element of effortlessness. It also comes in handy if the weather turns chilly on the way to yoga!

Bianca wears: Liquido Active Pattern Leggings in Swell Lime, $85.95. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Birds of Paradise All Star, $100, limited edition available at Converse Flagship Melbourne Central store and selected Platypus stores, Adidas by Stella McCartney Studio Performance tank from Stylerunner.com, 2XU Puffa Jacket available soon from 2XU.
Photographer Chris Lew, model Bianca Cheah

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