Mixing Prints; Diane Kennedy Style

Published Jul 04 2019 in diane kennedy, fashion, Made in Canada, print mixing, style

I'm always looking for unique prints and textures in the bamboo fabric we love so much! As my customers, you're used to seeing mostly solids from me so I thought it might be a good opportunity to talk about mixing prints together. There are a couple of tops and a jacket that I've designed that do the mixing for you.  All you have to do is choose either a coordinating solid colour or pull out one of the prints already in the mix to put your outfit together.  Fashion should be fun, sometimes it's great to rework the 'formula'.

Dancer Gia Holman wearing a Diane Kennedy Black and White Bamboo outfit

Gia is wearing the Evidence Tunic and Casting Capri.

But what about mixing prints together when it's not been planned out for you? Is this something you would try?

My thoughts on how to Mix Prints

The first thing you look for is at least one colour in common, but two is better. The scale is important and simple graphic prints are easier to mix than more complex ones. Here's an example of mixing prints with colours that match and the pattern as the only variable. This is a great way to introduce pattern matching into your wardrobe. . .

Dancer Gia Holman wearing a Diane Kennedy Black and White Bamboo outfit

Gia is wearing the Paradox Jacket over the Clever Cami and Casting Capris.

To mix prints successfully, two patterns is usually enough. It takes a skilled eye to mix multiple patterns together, although it's certainly possible. If you want to try it, stick to a simple colour scheme like black and white. Adding solids to the mix plus a punchy colour in your accessories is another way to go. Fashion used to be about rules, now not so much. Make your own rules! My notes here are meant as a guideline only. Mixing elements like patterns, colours and accessories together is what makes fashion fun and interesting.

Dancer Gia Holman wearing a Diane Kennedy Black and White Bamboo outfit

Pictured above, Metro Tunic and Smarty Pants

Step outside your comfort zone and try some print mixing for yourself!

Love Diane