15 Outfits That Will Inspire You To Print Clash Right This Second

Trust me, you can do this. It'll be fun.

Pattern mixing can seem like intimidating stuff, but it has high, high rewards. Firstly, with a good clash of patterns, you can take boring old pieces and give them new life. It also allows you to play with color fearlessly, or give a neutral outfit a loud personality. It can look preppy, eclectic, girly, or minimalist, and it shows a deft hand with creativity. It seems like it's nothing but ups when it comes to clashing!

But I know, it can seem scary if you don't know where to start. So consider this your hand guide to what to look for and where to start mixing. Below are 15 outfits to inspire you to print clash right this minute. You've got this!

1. Gingham + Floral Print = Bliss

Repeat after me: Gingham will go with everything. But most especially with floral print. Swoon.

2. Go Bold Or Go Home

Why stop at just clashing two prints? You're already in the game girl, might as well keep going. A surprisingly amazing print mix is tartan + leopard, and cameo + leopard. Combining all three is a no-brainer.

3. Sandwich A Print Together

Do you have a blazer or cardigan that can match a pair of pants? Excellent - now all you need to do is sandwich another print between the two.

4. Stripes And Florals Will Always Be A Win

If you're not comfortable mix and matching prints just yet, this is your Beginner Level: Grab a floral and grab a stripe and mix them together. They'll always get along.

5. Go Ombre

Pattern clashing feels less wild when you stick to one hue, but another step above that is if you go ombre. Rather than sticking to one shade of a color, try mixing prints in different variations of that hue.

6. Stripes + Checks

Want to give off an All-American-girl-next-door vibe? This is it. 

7. Pair Blasts Of Color With Neutrals

We've now hit the Intermediate Level: If you want to play with a wildly colorful piece but aren't sure if you'd feel comfy going print on print and color on color, match that kaleidoscope of color item with a neutrally printed piece. Backing it behind something navy, white, beige, or black will calm it down a tad. 

8. Match Colors Together

There's a lot going on this look, but it's kept to one color scheme and that's why it feels less busy: white, blue, navy, and black. No piece varies from that variation, and so it flows together effortlessly.

9. Polka Dots + Florals

Just like with stripes, florals work seamlessly with polka dots as well. The mix gives off a quirky, vintage vibe.

10. Proportions Help With Clashing Prints

Sometimes when you're trying to mix prints, it just doesn't work because it feels too overwhelming. In moments like those, see if keeping an eye on proportion will help. For example, in this look Ording's jacket hits her right at the hip instead of at mid-thigh, making the print seem less overwhelming. 

11. Mix Big With Big

To keep things feeling balanced, try mixing equally sized prints. If it's feeling a little too loud, try threading a common color between the two prints to help balance it out - in this case, the hue is green. 

12. Use Your Negative Space

Sometimes you need some negative space to dilute a print and make it work with its clashing pattern. In this case we have a white background acting as negative space: That calming pop of white helps balance out the three floral prints from feeling like they're swamping her body.

13. Play With Stripe Widths

Try increasing or decreasing different stripe widths, layering them one on top of the other. Bonus points if you use the same color, giving it a cohesive fall. 

14. Grid Patterns + Floral Prints

Grid patterns - along with leopard prints - are seen as the neutral prints of the pattern clashing world. Because of their geometric, slightly minimalist design, they just about go with anything and everything. Case in point: They look fabulous with sunflowers. 

15. Go Black + White

Having a black and white color scheme will never lead you astray: You can mix any print you want and it will work because it will be behind the neutral disguise of a monochrome color scheme.

Marlen Komar is a writer living in Chicago with a penchant for mom jeans and kimchi tacos, and primarily writes about fashion history. She has bylines in Bustle, CNN Style, Racked, Allure, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy, and rarely stays in one place too long as she travels for most of the year. Website: marlenkomar.com