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Tuesday 19 January 2016

Layering Prints for Winter

Photos by Bianca Bass.

Coat: COS - old, alternative here. Shirt: here. Trousers: here. Faux Fur Stole: here. Shoes: Russell & Bromley, old - alternatives here. Bag: here & smaller version here.

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Layering prints is something that a lot of us approach with caution, myself included. I do feel that mixed prints often land either end of a scale - really cool, or really awful and I've experienced both myself. 

I've spoken a little recently about the importance of trying pieces on before you make a judgement. As we all know, things can look monumentally different on a human body to how they look on a hanger, and the thing about mixing prints, in my humble opinion, is that there aren't any rules; there isn't a special formula or cheat sheet. Bold prints can work with subtle prints, big with small and monochrome with colour - and sometimes, two prints you'd think match perfectly can look terrible on. You simply have to experiment, and when it works, you'll just know (& when it doesn't work you will also definitely know...) - which is what makes mixing prints so fun! 

To further demonstrate the randomness of print-mixing success, this outfit was an accident. I'd been trying on some new pieces and had rather unceremoniously (and slobbishly) chucked a couple of 'keep' items over my coat rail; a geo printed shirt and a pair of black and white pinstripe trousers - which had landed atop of a ruby red coat from COS. Draped over the end of the rail was my new no.1 faux fur accessory - a striped stole from Reiss. Somehow, it all worked - and of course it's fine if you disagree, as after all personal style is all in the name - it's personal! 

Do you ever mix prints?

What I'm wearing...


  1. These pictures are gorgeous! I've never mixed prints before but you make it work, I need to try it out!

    LaurieElle.com xx

  2. Beautiful photos, I am in love with your bag.

    Jess x

  3. This coat is so amazing! I love this shade of red.

  4. Such a classy outfit. I love the mixture of patterns, they're combined really well!

    Yours truly, Micah

  5. I want that bag so bad, it's absolutely gorgeous and just finishes off your outfit perfectly
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

  6. I really love your outfit, you look great!


  7. I love this outfit! Such gorgeous photos too! :)


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