5 Print Clashing Basics

I love a good print clash. They’re a great way to shake up your look if you’re not comfortable buying into the latest trends (I’m lookin’ at you: midriff-baring, culottes, funnel-necklines, long layers, et al.) but still want to look edgy. My Mum is going to baulk at the idea of this post, as she doesn’t “get” the print clash and she often gives me a very perplexed look when I emerge from my bedroom wearing spots and florals at the same time (an awesome combo, if you ask me). It is, however, a topic I get asked about a lot at work so I thought I’d share some tips and pics with you.

1. Start with monochrome

Black and white are always chic, and usually pretty forgiving when it comes to mixing prints. They rarely look too ‘busy’ and are able to be worn just as easily at work or off-duty. Olivia Palermo rocks this look a LOT.

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2. Keep a classic print as your base

Whilst trends constantly swing between florals, geometrics, tribal, and so on, there are certain classic prints that will be around forever. Stripes, spots, leopard, checks and snakeskin are my top five. They work just as well together as they do clashed against busier/brighter prints because they are often found in neutral tones like black, white, tan, khaki and grey. As I mentioned at the start of this post, I reckon florals work particularly well with spots and stripes.

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3. Pick a common colour

Start with one print and pull out one colour you’d like to highlight. This doesn’t have to be the colour that dominates the piece – in fact it’s probably better if it’s not to maximise clashage (yes, that is the technical term). Your second print should also feature this colour to make it stand out. Finding a common colour between two or more prints helps create some flow through your outfit and again, prevents the busy-ness from being too overwhelming. The pics below are some awesome examples.


4. Keep styles classic

If you’re just starting out, try not to overcomplicate things. Start with a simple t-shirt/collared shirt on top and slim or straight pants/pencil skirt on the botton and keep your accessories in a complementary neutral tone (black/white/nude and metallics are the easiest). Opt for a classic silhouette and build from there.

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5. Trust your gut

There are certain combos that you would never think would work, but somehow do. Ultimately, if you feel good in what you’re wearing and you wear it with confidence, it’s probably going to work. People will either not notice at all, or (like my mother) still be perplexed, but kinda accept it anyway. Wear what you love.

Here are some other print clash collages/posts for inspiration: 1. and 2. and 3. And here are some of my other fave print clash outfits: 1. and 2. and 3. and 4. Margherita Missoni, Olivia Palermo, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine and Miroslava Duma are reeeeally good examples of print clashing done right. There’s also HEAPS of awesome pics over on Pinterest if you search “print clash” and refine from there using key words for colours/styles/shapes/prints you already have in your wardrobe or are looking to buy. So there you go! Hope that’s got you excited to start print clashing and given you some confidence to get started!


Getting glitzy with Pandora

About a fortnight ago a pretty little invitation dropped into my email inbox announcing a VIP event at Pandora Westfield Marion to launch the jewellery chain’s 2013 Christmas collection as well its new ‘Essence’ range. Swiftly hitting the ‘Reply’ button, I RSVPed and last Tuesday rounded up the girls for a night of freebies, bubbly and bling.

Upon arrival at the store we were welcomed with a glass of our choosing (champagne/rosé/orange juice for the teetotallers), a raffle ticket and a little goodie bag containing brochures, a Pandora cookie and a light-up lipgloss. We walked strutted up the red carpet and squeezed our way into the teeny store to have a peek at the new collections.



Disappointingly, the Essence collection charms are gorgeous but don’t fit the classic-style Pandora bracelets, only the specific Essence ones so we ooh-ed and ahh-ed over them but they remained firmly on the shelves. The Christmas collection was predictable but pretty nonetheless; all snowflakes and presents and Christmas stockings.



After a quick welcome from the store owner, the girls and I had our eyes on Pandora’s dainty stackable rings. We were a bit disappointed that there was no discount offered on the evening but as we were all in the market to start or add to our collections anyway, this didn’t stop us snapping up a few pretty bits and pieces.


Unfortunately the store became a bit too claustrophobic for us to stick out the full two hour event so we headed out to San Churro (a fave dessert spot of ours) for hot chocs, a bit of gossip and to debrief on our purchases. A lovely night of pampering was had by all!