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Mixing Prints is Easy with Two Neutral Colors

Mixing prints on BrendaKinsel.com

Mixing prints from the bust up

Last week there was a lot of conversation on the blog about mixing prints when I demonstrated my latest scarf trick: taking two scarves with different patterns, lengths and textures and making a statement accessory for my flared jean and navy jacket outfit. If you missed it, click here to read it.

This image may jog your memory:

Two prints go into this scarf trick on BrendaKinsel.com

Mixing two prints in this scarf statement


Are you ready for more print mixes?

Mixing prints looks scary, but it doesn’t have to be

If you look in magazines you’ll see the zaniest of print mixes, ones you’ll run from fast. (I feel like I have an open fashion-mind but some of the mixes are total head scratchers to me!)

For most of us, we can engage in a form of mixing-prints-lite and that’s what I want to share with you today.

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Mixing prints with a jacket and scarf on BrendaKinsel.com

Bringing in a striped scarf to play with my jacket

Today’s mixing prints demonstration

In today’s mixing prints demonstration, I’m going to be mixing up a batter of elegant fun fashion.

The reason I say elegant is that I’m working within a column of black from top to bottom and the prints of the scarf and jacket are laid back, easy on the eyes, nothing jarring.


Sticking to easy basic pieces in this print outfit on BrendaKinsel.com

The feminine tee shirt in black

The Anatomy of This Outfit

One: I’m wearing a black ankle pant with no razzle-dazzle.

Two: I added my black ruched and netted feminine T-shirt to create the column of black. Nothing requires bravery so far.

Three: I added the 3/4 sleeved jacket which is quite tailored, actually. If it was in a solid color, I think it would be boring. But it’s covered in cutouts that look rather organic to me. Don’t they look like amoebas? Maybe like something we grew in petri dishes in high school Biology class?

The colors in this amoeba print are black and a shade of light taupe or light khaki tan.



Stripes and amoeba cut outs work well together on BrendaKinsel.com

Making my amoeba print jacket more interesting


Four: Now I needed to add decoration. I considered necklaces but nothing I tried excited me much.

I decided to look for a scarf but didn’t hold out hope of one that would work.

But then I swear, this scarf fell at my feet.

(True confession: It had fallen to the floor of my closet and I just happened to look down, notice it, and pick it up.)

It’s black and light taupe, striped. It’s light and fluttery. The fabric is a knit blend.

I chose to wrap it once around my neck and then just looped one end over the other. The ends are uneven which is playful and fun. I like how the jacket looks ladylike-proper while the scarf is free-spirited and out for a good time.

Although the colors aren’t exactly the same in the jacket and the scarf, they’re close enough. Actually, the fact that they aren’t the same may make it all the more interesting.


Adding more interesting details on BrendaKinsel.com

Finishing the outfit off with creative and feminine touches


Five: I’d been wanting to wear this Lanvin bangle I picked up at Sax Consignment Store in San Anselmo and this seemed like the right occasion. I also added my favorite gold owl ring by Victor Sanz. And since this outfit’s personality seemed to be ladylike with a twist, I chose my bowed Zac Posen sturdy handbag to emphasis the ladylike quality.

Six: My slip on shoe from Junction Shoes was so perfect for this outfit. Like the scarf, the shoes are playful. The black leather is perforated (oh goody, more holes to relate to the cutouts in the jacket!) and the white and tan bands on the soles of the shoes repeats the color mix. Was that a lucky break or what?

Could this work for you?

Since many of us stay within a color palette that we most enjoy, it’s highly likely that you could open your closet doors right now and discover two prints you could pair that share the same colors and make an outfit to showcase them.

Doesn’t it look easy? Let me know if this seems doable and if you’ve done it!


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  • Reply
    October 17, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    I love this outfit and this look! I’m usually more of a color-lover but this really speaks to me. Ladylike and playful – those just may be my style words. I think I’ve been gravitating toward color because what’s been missing for me with neutrals is the unique pieces (like the amoeba jacket & jewelry) that you so often feature. I’d love any on-line sources you’d be willing to share.

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      October 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Lisa! I too am trying to introduce color into my life but I also so resonate with beautiful neutrals. I don’t shop online, very rarely, just for basics. Can you readers out there give us some ideas about where to find unique pieces? We’d appreciate it!

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    Ann Werroes
    October 18, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I like everything about this outfit, Brenda. I would wear it if I had it. I love to mix prints, but don’t do it very often….but you’ve motivated me to look for some in my closet. Especially in the fall and winter, I enjoy a more complicated look. Summer, here (Arizona)–it’s just too hot.

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      October 19, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Ann, I love how you described your fall and winter fashion: enjoying a more complicated look. I hadn’t thought about it in that way but it’s true. There are so many more opportunities for layering and mixing prints and wearing heavier jewelry. Bring on the complicated looks!!! Love it!

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    jodie filogomo
    October 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    It’s only been since blogging that I’ve been open to mixing prints with my clothing!
    And now, it’s quite fun!! It doesn’t come as easily to me as other styles, but I feel like it’s an exercise for my brain—which is a good thing!!
    ps…love this outfit from head to toe!!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Jodie, I really think mixing prints exercises our brain in beauty art basics. Talking about this subject this week is challenging me to take more steps outside of my comfort zone. Only if I find them pleasing! Thanks for sharing!

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    October 19, 2016 at 9:03 am

    This outfit looks so nice and put together, so much so I popped over from Instagram. I love the cut-outs on the jacket and I think your step by step instructions of how you put together this outfit is so helpful. I also love the art work behind you in these photos and they really go well with your outfit.


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    September 27, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I truly love your style and this looks is so edgy!! I love the scarf do you remember where it was purchased? I anxiously awaifmyour posts..

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      September 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      One scarf came from my mother’s closet. The other one came from Nordstrom. Does that help?

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