How do you wear polka dots with stripes?

6342683936_132f72c5b1_nThere was this unsaid rule before that you could not wear polka dots with stripes.  It was just unheard of and very hard to pull off.  But everything has changed and with new times comes new prints.  I usually did not mix a lot of prints because it was always a challenge and I was always afraid.  But experimenting was the only way that I was able to see what prints work well together and what did not.

After many trials and errors, I have found that the best way to combine and complement these prints is to make sure one print is smaller than the other.  So, I asked myself how do you wear polka dots with stripes?

  1. Never have two big prints next to each other because it’s going to clash or make the outfit too loud and busy.  The whole purpose of mixing is to make one print an accent and the other a complement.  Don’t make the mistake of making two prints to fight for attention.  Instead, make it work to complement.
  2. The color scheme should be close to each other.  It means that if you have black and white stripes or dots then mix with the same colors.

The best places to find great prints are shopping at thrift stores.  You will find lots of prints that you can mix and match with newer pieces.  And you can rest assured that your outfit will be different and original when you shop for prints at a thrift store.  It’s all about being bold, original and standing out from the crowd.

Honestly, you don’t have to choose one particular print but you could just have fun and take risks and see what works for you.  Break the rules and get out of your comfort zone.

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  • Diana

    I had no idea! I may just try it, especially if I find it at a thrift store!

  • Nicole Nenninger

    Back when my kids were tiny, I’m sure I threw an outfit or two on that clashed. Now I’m starting to think that maybe my style wasn’t so bad after all! I don’t consider myself a fashionista, but recently I bought a polka dot shirt and paired it with a striped belt–all the same colors. Turned out to be a good combination.

  • MamaRabia

    It’s not something I would normally do, but it looks like your tips would make it work. My daughter mix and matches her patterns all the time. I think it looks funny, but I let her go with her personal style.

  • Rx Fitness Lady

    Thanks for sharing this for your feature day. I love both the dots and stripes! Enjoy the day!

  • http://www.ugochi-jolomi.com/ Ugochi

    Thanks for sharing these tips and have a great feature day on SITS!

  • Raquel

    I love the new mixing of styles! Great tips and I am going to try wearing both sometime soon. Happy SITS Day!

  • Bridget

    I love the not matchy-matchy look.

    • I am all about that too! In the end, it shows off your sense of style. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Karma

    I am a huge fan of the mis-match outfit! Looks like I have my next project! xoxo Happy SITSday!

  • http://www.anotherjennifer.com Jennifer Barbour

    I think it’s fun to change it up every now and then and mis-match. Complementing patterns can be really striking.

    Happy SITS Day to you!