Mix Prints, Not Feelings with the Pattern Play Fall Trend

While Nicki Minaj has her Fendi prints on, we’re over here mixing prints like it’s no one’s business. We get it -- the idea of mixing prints can be a bit scary. After all, it may seem like a trend reserved for fashion queens who have mastered the skill of coordination. But let us be the first to tell you that if you’re not wearing mixed prints this Fall, then you’re playing in these fashion streets! 

By far, mixed prints and crazy color combinations were the biggest trends that debuted on the runways during fashion month. Meanwhile, some of our favorite street style queens have followed suite, spotted in the cutest combinations of prints that we’d never think to wear together, but can’t way to try! 

Here’s a roundup of mixed print looks that kill and a beginner-friendly guide to help you get into pattern play this season.

Pattern Play 101

Sporting a mixed print set from Derek Lam and looking good while doing it, Makeup Shayla’s take on this trend features the same print in contrasting colors, creating a mixed print effect while still looking perfectly coordinated. Sporting a mixed print set or statement piece takes the mystery out of pattern play while giving you just the right amount of edge to kill your look.

Get the Look


Liquorish Wid Leg Jumpsuit in Mixed Animal Print


Mixed Floral Print Twist Front Midi Tea Dress


Liquorish Plus Jumpsuit

Animal Prints that Kill

Bring out your killer instinct by mixing unexpected animal prints. The key to coordination? Pick a classic color palette that compliments each other and let your prints do all the talking. Our girl Jennifer nailed it with this zebra and leopard print combo featuring neutrals and just the right pop of color. 


Womens Stroke Me Leopard Shirt


Leopard Super Flare Wide Leg Trouser

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Black Animal Print Satin Oversized Shirt

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Petite Lime High Neck Leopard Bodysuit

Monochrome 2.0

Source:  @curatedbyNX

Source: @curatedbyNX

Two trends in one? Yes please! Here’s a no fail trick to pattern play; pair mixed prints in a monochrome look. This simple trick will allow you to really go big with your patterns of choice, just like @curatedbyNX with her yellow floral and multicolored polka dot combo. Everyone knows that yellow was MADE for us melanated girls and it just so happened to be a favorite on the Fall runways, so it’ll be our color go-to all season long.

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Pleated Midi Skirt


Yellow Snake Print
Over the Knee Heeled Boots

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Forever 21
Floral Print Crop Top

Mixed to the Max

Blogger babes  Beverly Beal and @itsjustdels know how to make any trend look chic, and these expert pattern play moments are no different. These looks may look hard to achieve but you got this! Pairing the same prints that feature different but complementary colors is an easy way to look elevated and when you throw in neutral accents like a black boot or tan trench coat, your lewk is officially complete.


Textured Stripe Two-Piece Knitted Skirt


Variegated-Stripe Ribbed Sweater


Long Plaid Coat


Stradivarius Strappy Mini Dress in Red Check