Two things in fashion speak to my soul above all others: print clashing and mixing different textures (that will be a later blog post)! Print clashing was significant amongst the 2010 street style stars before giving way to normcore and minimalism before the ultimate rise of athleisure, then came TikTok and the wave of thrifting queens.

Somewhere toward the end of 2020, women in their late 20’s and early 30’s unanimously decided to embrace dressing as they had always wanted to. This led to a resurgence of the most personal style expression we have seen in a decade. Seemingly out of nowhere, there has been an enormous resurgence of print clashing, making it one of the top trends of 2022. Those trend cycles do exist, don’t they?

How to Print Clash

While this seeming mish-mosh of color and patterns may seem daunting, it is simple to achieve. You may not choose to take it to the extent I have in these photos, to each their own! However, adding a simple print clash moment to your look can add a new depth to your style and greatly expand your wardrobe. I’m going to share three tips to help you give this trend a spin! If you do give it a go, be sure to post a picture of yourself on Instagram with the hashtag: #droptheish.

While this seeming mish-mosh of color and patterns may seem daunting, it is relatively simple to achieve. You may not choose to take it to the extent I have in these photos, to each their own! However, adding a simple print clash moment to your look can add a new depth to your style and greatly expand your wardrobe. I’m going to share three tips to help you give this trend a spin! If you do give it a go, be sure to post a picture of yourself on Instagram with the hashtag: #droptheish.

1: Color matters.

The reason this look works is because the bright pink color is visible in all three patterns styled. The pants have a good bit of pink in the print against a neutral blue background. The print the jacket has little pops of the shade. The shirred tulle shirt is almost a solid pink with a very subtle pattern sheered out across it.ย 

PRINT CLASHING MADE EASY
PRINT CLASHING MADE EASY

2: Prints Matter.

When doing a look with several prints, the size of the prints matters! You don’t want to throw on 10 HUGE prints where each tries to outdo the other. On the other hand, make the print work; don’t do all ditsy florals that melt away into each other.

PRINT CLASHING MADE EASY

3: Add texture.

To make each print POP more, make each a different fabric! Nothing makes a look more basic or simple than wearing something that is all the same fabric: i.e. cotton, stretch fabric, or jersey. Mix it up- put a tulle with denim or jacquard, mix a silk with leather. The possibilities are too broad to stick with just one fabric!

Kait Elizabeth walking down a city street wearing printed blue pants and a hot pink long sleeve printed shirt.

How do you feel about pattern mixing?

Is it a go to maximalist styling for you or something in the fashion world that terrifies you?ย 

Shout out below with your thoughts!

kait elizabeth