Don't Play It Safe: How to Mix Prints like a Pro

Don't Play It Safe: How to Mix Prints like a Pro

Posted by Kirra Bixby On 16th Apr 2018

Print mixing is a KiraGrace signature style. With the start of spring and summer on the horizon, it’s time to hit refresh on your look and energize your yoga clothes this season with bold, colorful, and surprising looks that will have you turning heads in your yoga class. Mixing prints might seem like a tricky trend, but we've got your back, girl! We promise it's easier than it looks and after learning these few simple secrets, you’ll never want to go back to that all-black workout yoga wear wardrobe. There are so many prints we're obsessed with this season that are so fun to play with. From brights, neutrals, florals to stripes and dots, here are 5 ways to confidently mix and match your spring print wardrobe:


1. Use Leopard as a Neutral

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Leopard prints are considered neutrals in the print-mixing world, as they go with almost anything. While leopard is a strong enough print to carry an entire look, pairing it with a dot print will create a harmonious balance between the two designs. Unexpected and unforgettable, the organic shapes and natural color palette of leopard compliment the bold, graphic shapes of the classic dot print to create a classic style with a wild touch. Your animal nature will be on display in this creative combo of yoga apparel, perfect for bringing out your wild side!

2. Polka Dots & Stripes

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Stripes are another neutral that plays well with other patterns, especially in neutral black and white tones. Pairing them with small dots creates a whimsical feel and you can take this fun contrast even further by accenting the monochromatic look with a bold red headband or bright running shoes. Loving this look on Ariele Foster as she gets her stretch on in the Flirt Bow Tank in Polka Dot print and the Grace High-Waisted Yoga Capri in Stripe!


3. Graphic and Florals

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This look is one of our favorites. Florals are fun, flirty and feminine, and they scream springtime! However, if you want to balance out the feminine look, adding in a graphic pattern can round out your yoga clothes in a complementary and edgy manner. It’s important to keep your color palette simpler when mixing two diverse prints, which again works well in the case of black and white. If you’re going for a full monochromatic look, make sure to pair a smaller print with a larger print to avoid a monotonous feel. Desiree Rumbaugh is all smiles in the Etched Floral Yoga Tight and the Grace Refined Yoga Cami in White Stripe while teaching a yoga class!

4. Stripes Over Animal Print

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Stripes over an animal print are the perfect way to achieve a casual simplicity with an eccentric touch. Sticking to neutral stripes, like black and white, over a neutral leopard print, like a brown or gray, will tie together your prints without any color clashing. Your look will still come across as consistent, even though your patterns aren’t.

5. Invert the Same Print

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Working inverse colors is a great way to not overdo the print mixing in your outfit. Sticking to a single pattern family within your outfit is still fresh while playing it safe. By wearing a white top with black stripes and a black legging with white stripes, you’ll still have an overall cohesiveness tying your outfit together.

Once you’ve mastered these five ways to mix prints, feel free to be more adventurous with your style combinations. And don’t overthink it! Some of the best outfits might just be spurred from a happy accident. Our last tip for mixing prints? Wear them with confidence! No one will question that gorgeous gal powering through pilates in polka dots and leopard print if she’s wearing a smile on her face.

Shop our prints to spice up your yoga wear!

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