I’m getting into the trend of mixing prints. I love a challenge, and when you mix prints with a top and a skirt it’s like finding a new dress in your closet. Last weekend I grabbed the few printed skirts that I have (glad I kept this python print skirt!) and pulled the many large print tops I already own and started mixing and matching. I found that mixing prints is a bit easier when you use an animal print, since most animal prints are rather uniform. The key to mixing prints is commonality, as Lauren explained in her article How To Mix Prints & Not Look Like You’re Batsh*t Crazy! The common theme to the three pieces that I paired together is that they are all rather tribal, and they all contain black and white. Then it is best that the prints are of different sizes. The brown stripe on the vintage scarf I am wearing as a belt blends the skirt and top together. A black jacket helped ease me into this trend. I’m thinking, “Maybe no one will notice all I’ve got going on here.” But who knows what I’ll be putting together by the end of this summer?
Jacket: Generra Black Blazer, no longer available. Black Classic One Button Blazer by Paul Smith Black, $556.05
Bag: Blue Haircalf Clutch, no longer available This DANIEL Blue Fazer Women’s Wristlet Clutch Bag, $153.83 is a great shade of blue!
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Suede Wedge Sandals, no longer available. These L.A.M.B. Adorable Black Suede Sandals, now $172 would work well with an over-the-knee skirt.
Bracelet: Onyx and Mother of Pearl Cuff, no longer available. Find this Giani Bernini Sterling Silver Bracelet, Onyx and Mother of Pearl Bangle, $140
– Carol Calacci
Photos: Barry WeissSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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