#OOTD – Mixing Prints: Stripes and Plaid

13th March

Mixing prints: stripes and plaid

Have you tried mixing prints yet? Since I’ve tended to collect mostly solid-colored clothing, it’s taken me a while to try my hand at it. But, I love how it makes an outfit more interesting. This outfit includes some of the easiest prints to mix (successfully): stripes and plaid.


I’ve been noticing cool ways of mixing prints for several years now. Some of the best examples, of course, have been of fashion week attendees photographed by SCOTT SCHUMAN.

Last September was my first time attending New York Fashion Week (NYFW). I hit a couple of shows. But the main attraction for me was the street style. You can’t imagine how excited I was to see Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Winter in person – up close!

The elusive Anna Wintour

Given the fact that Anna is an ultimate fashion authority, I couldn’t resist the impulse to scrutinize her look. While doing so, I have to admit that at first, I felt let down. I mean, her dress seemed kind of basic.

After careful observation and some reflection, however, I realized that it was far from ordinary. I mean, how often do you see a combination of tie-dye and plaid? Further, the fabric transitions at the waistband from smooth to micropleats – which, by the way, she wore very well. My adoration for this style icon was restored.

During NYFW last month, I spied more choice examples of mixed prints. Aren’t they fabulous?

Mixed prints, NYFW Fall 2017


In case you haven’t dipped your toe into this pool of fun, mixing prints is not all that difficult. Stripes and animal prints can practically be considered neutrals. And according to Garance Doré in her LATEST POST, plaids also fit into that category.

It’s especially safe to mix graphic prints. Just remember to keep your pieces in the same range of tones. And to make it fail-proof, have at least one of the same colors in each piece.

I might be dating myself, but I remember when wearing stripes with plaid was something reserved for the golf course. And still, it was considered tacky. I decided to bring a tasteful combination to the golf course (in Santa Cruz, California) for this shoot. I also think that the green grass beautifully compliments the fuchsia in my dress. 😉


Stripes and plaid outfit

My outfit includes a dress you may remember from THIS POST. The stripes and plaid have both white and black in common. I can imagine, however, this still looking great if the dress had no white in it.

Another contributing factor to it working, I think, is variation in the scales of the prints: the striped print is quite a bit larger than that of the plaid.

Mixing stripes and plaid

Adding the solid black jacket and black OTK boots serves as a way to break up the patterns and make the complete look less busy. It also makes the look more flattering. Lighter-colored footwear, in contrast, would cut up my silhouette and give the appearance of stubbier legs.

Solid colors with mixed prints

Helmut Lang fabric moto jacket – SIMILAR / BCBG striped tee – SIMILAR / Wool fit-and-flare midi dress (old)  / STUART WEITZMAN BOOTS

When mixing prints, accessories can be more low-key. And so, mine were limited to a simple gold necklace with diamond pendant and a simple white watch I picked up in a Palm Springs design shop.

Close up of mixed prints

I hope that you like this mix of stripes and plaid. What do you think of mixed prints?

xo, janea



18 responses to “#OOTD – Mixing Prints: Stripes and Plaid”

  1. Nancy says:

    Anna looks amazing in that dress….But you do too!

  2. Ashley says:

    Print mixing is such a fun style experiment- you look super cute here, lady!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  3. Dominique says:

    Fab inspo hun! I love clashing prints and styles together and making it still work xx


  4. midori linea says:

    Love this play of your inspo. Nicely done!

    xoxo, Sakura


  5. Glowyshoes says:

    Your outfit looks great.. It takes self confidence and boldness to be able to mix up patterns without looking like a joke.

    Glowyshoes’s blog

  6. Such a cool mix & match, I really love the result!
    Kisses, Paola.

  7. Such cute dresses!
    Mónica Sors


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