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13 going on 30 challenge outfit 27: Mixed prints

Prints are a great way to draw attention to a part of the body that you’re proud of. It also works to enhance an area that might need a little “help”.

13 going on 30 challenge outfit 27: Mixed prints


For example, if you’re a little small in the bust area, a draped neck blouse with a great print works to make your boobs a bit more voluminous (as does a well-fitting push up bra – put the two together and you’re on to something!) Most people would pair a print with a block of colour – too much print and one may run the risk of looking like they had gotten dressed in the dark.

If you’re a fashion girl however, mixing prints is a guaranteed way of getting papped by street style photographers. It’s definitely an out there look and will definitely get you noticed. The trick is to know what prints to mix with other prints – you can’t just wear your plaid blouse and floral skirt together and call it a successful mixed print outfit.

Buzzfeed have a great guide on how to mix prints like a pro, but if you’re just starting out I think the safest prints to mix are plaid and stripes. The colour combination I have in my 13 item capsule wardrobe work well together too – the stripes are essentially neutral in colour (and therefore the tank works like a neutral), while the plaid print isn’t too gaudy in its colour pattern. Since the top part is pretty busy with the print, I kept the bottoms simple with a pair of white jeans. I also kept the accessories simple as I wanted the focus to be on the pattern mixing.

Let me know what you think of this outfit in the comments below!

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