Mix and Match

If you’re wondering how you can mix prints without looking like a circus clown, you’re in the right place. It can feel tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Be sure to check out Jen, Tara, and Sara‘s posts!

Mixing prints can be tricky, I know. If you want to ease your way in to it, try two basic prints that both have white in them. Here we have checks and dots. Then pick two colors that go well together, here we have orange and blue.

Orange and white checkered shirt. Navy and white polka dot skirt. Easy Peasy!

Then I threw in a pearl necklace to really pay homage to my wanna-be-Southern-roots. If you haven’t noticed by now, I kind of really wish I was a southern belle. 😉

J.Crew Gingham Shirt (old, updated style here) / J.Crew Polka Dot Skirt (on sale!) / Pearl Necklace (old, similar here) / Me Too Flats / J.Crew Bracelet (old, similar here) / Michael Kors Watch

And yes, this could be considered an “Illini outfit.” I have a problem.

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  1. 10.10.12
    AJ commented:

    I really love all of the pieces in this outfit, I’m just not sure I could rock them all together. But you totally have it down! And I’m jealous you have those Me Too flats, I am still kicking myself for not buying them a while back!


    • 10.10.12
      jWm commented:

      If you check eBay you may still be able to get them!!

  2. 10.10.12

    All you girls look adorable, but I think your outfit is my favorite! Love the mix of polka dots & gingham 🙂

  3. 10.10.12
    Chelsea commented:

    I have a very similar skirt that I’ve paired with my purple gingham button up!

    Love mixing <3


  4. 10.10.12
    Tiffany commented:

    love the polka dots with the gingham! and the colors are so great together 🙂

  5. 10.10.12
    Emily commented:

    Love orange and blue together and this is such perfect mix of prints!


  6. 10.10.12
    Agi commented:

    Great outfit. Love it. I’ve had my eye on the skirt for a while now. I never thought you could mix those 2 patterns together, but it looks amazing.



  7. 10.10.12
    Kristin commented:

    I totally wish I was a southern belle too! I need to get one of those gingham J. Crew shirts! I see them on all my favorite bloggers!

  8. 10.10.12
    Kacie's Kloset commented:

    I love that skirt and top! That are great pieces to have in your closet and look amazing together!


  9. 10.10.12
    Michelle commented:

    Aww! I love when you guys collaborate! Great post!

    Love the necklace.
    Love your mixed prints. Cute outfit!
    Love the ILLINI!


    PS: I’m a Chicago born wannabe Southern Belle too 🙂 I blame my recent move to Oklahoma for that one!


  10. 10.10.12
    Rachel commented:

    Love the polka dot skirt!! Pattern mixing can be scary, but you make it love so cute! Love your tidbit about wanting to be a southern belle, too

    Xo, Rachel

  11. 10.10.12

    I love the color combo and print together, I’d totally wear this outfit and I shy away from mixing bold prints!


  12. 10.10.12
    Heather commented:

    Love the mixing of fabrics! The plaid and the poka dot are great together!!

  13. 10.10.12
    Tara commented:

    Love that you mixing gingham and polka dots, so adorable, I will have to try this!

  14. 10.10.12
    Sara B commented:

    Love the patterns you chose for this outfit. Normally pieces you wouldn’t think would go together but you pulled them off perfectly! I’ve loved doing this collaboration with you!! xo

  15. 10.10.12
    Cynthia Hurtado commented:

    Im just in love with your skirt!!!!!

  16. 10.10.12
    Erin commented:

    I love the polka dot skirt! Navy and orange makes for a great combination!


  17. 10.10.12
    Jessica commented:

    I found your site through Mix & Match Fashion… and I am in love with your pattern mixing! I know I need to get these Me Too flats, even more so after seeing your cuteness!

  18. 10.10.12
    Payton commented:

    Definitely an Illini outfit! GO ILLINI !!!!!! (:
    Love you,
    Payton (:

  19. 10.11.12
    Amber commented:

    I love your polka dot pleated skirt and necklace – so cute!

    Avec Amber

  20. 10.11.12
    sarah commented:

    oh my goodness, i LOVE this look. Perfect mixing of prints and colors. gorgeous 🙂

  21. 10.11.12
    Erica commented:

    I wold have never thought of polka dots & plaid together but I love it!!!