Mixing prints is a tricky trend to master but once you get an eye for what works you can kiss your boring clothes goodbye! It’s easier than it looks and wearing clashing prints can add some major WHAM factor to any ensemble.

At the races you can push your style limits to the maximum and have some fun with your outfits. Nowhere else can you rock a huge over the top hat or show off a quirky novelty clutch. Although there are ‘rules’ for fashion at the track, you can have lots of fun within those guidelines.
I have loved Stella Jean Ltd for a long time, but I’ve never been brave enough to attempt to try the mix print trend myself. The influence of African prints and long hemlines aren’t everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but I think they are to die for…

Images from Vogue

Images from FashionBomb

Recently two of my favourite fashionistas inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and explore the wonderful world of clashing prints.

Angela Menz, who is renowned for her eclectic take on racewear, put together this outfit and I could not stop looking at it. There is SO much going on, but I just love the mish mash of prints and patterns. It’s so much FUN. I love how fashion can be a reflection of your personality or it can be a way to show the opposite side to your normal self.

Milano Imai, another well known FOTF regular, held a Field Fashion Challenge and my favourite day was the Mixed Prints.

Angela Menz – On Track On Trend

Milano Imai – Field Fashion Community

The best thing about fashion is that it always changes and the possibilities are only limited to your own imagination. The bad news is that many of us are limited by our budgets… sigh… but I raided my closet and found some combinations that I would never have thought of wearing until now.

– Size is key
The same print in different sizes work well together, regardless of the colour.

– Start with neighbouring colours
If your prints don’t match then the colour scheme should. Work within colour families and hues for flow and consistency.

– Experiment with opposite colours
When mixing more than two colours choose ones that are evenly spaced on the colour wheel.

– Accent with an accessory
Choose a ‘pop’ colour or print for your hat, bag and shoes. It can be an opposite colour on the wheel and doesn’t have to match the outfit’s theme.

– Go back to neutral
If your patterns are too much then add a neutral or solid print to break up the outfit.

– Experiment with patterns
Clashing patterns and colours make a statement. Stripes and florals are an easy combination to start with.

I am in love and a little addicted – the possibilities are endless. Some of the best combinations happen by accident so be sure to experiment and test your own boundaries. To get you started here are some of my printed favourites you can buy online.

Mel xxx

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Feature Image: Stella Jean Ltd – FashionBomb