Mixing Prints the Easy Way: Dots & Sripes

Print mixing continues to reemerge season after season as a top trend, but it is still one of the most challenging trends for many people to pull off.  Understandably so, mixing prints is a bit intimidating…but not to fear! Mixing prints is super easy with these three tips.

  1. Stick with classic, simple prints (eg. like my dots and stripes.  Florals are also a nice option, too).
  2. Use color palette of no more than two or three colors, and make sure each of your prints shares at least one of these colors.  When all else fails, black and white prints will all ways work!
  3. Use prints that are slightly different in scale (eg. My dots are medium large, but my stripes are pencil thin!)

Gifted Blouse & Cardigan (similar blouse here) | Jeans via Fab’rik @ Atlantic Station | Shoes via Shoe Land | Thrifted Kenneth Cole Trench Coat via Goodwill | ASOS Oversized Bowler (Sold Out, other colors avail. here & here) | Necklaces via Jewelmint, eBay, and AmericasMart | Watch via AmericasMart | Bracelet via HauteLook


If you read my post about the Too Faced brow kit I bought a few weeks ago, you know I’ve made it my goal to put a little bit more effort into my non-existent beauty regimen.  A major issue for me with makeup has always been that I don’t know how to create the “everyday face.”  Unless I am going out at night, I really don’t like a full face of makeup.  I just want to look natural and polished. So, before I ran out and bought a bunch of new products, I cleaned out my makeup and took inventory of what I already had last weekend.  Saturday, I decided to give the “natural face” a go with what I already had, and this was the result. I am not 100% happy with the blush.  It’s a little pink for the “natural” look I’m going for, so I toned it down with the MAC Skinfinish powder.  If anyone has blush recommendations, I’m all ears! Other than that, I was pretty happy with the look…definitely more polished.  How do you think I did? Any tips?

Face: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation in Bisque 6 (mixed with a bit of moisturizer), MAC Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark | Brows: Too Faced Brow Envy Kit | Lashes: Maybelline Great Lash in Very Black | Cheeks: MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen | Lips: L’oreal Colour Riche Balm in 818 Nourishing Nude

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a GREAT week!! xoxo.

The Fashionista Next Door

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51 Responses to “Mixing Prints the Easy Way: Dots & Sripes”

  1. Sing says:

    I like these two classic prints mixed together, it really works.
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  2. Well done Eb! Loving this…..

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  3. I think your blush looks totally natural. Your make-up looks totally fabulous and not one bit overdone. Have you considered buying the Urban Decay Naked palette? I know it is a bit pricey, but I find myself using it every day for a neutral look.

    I’m all for pattern mixing but don’t have a ton of patters in my closet. I love your blazer and think it looks great with that blouse.
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  4. Abi says:

    I love love this outfit,everything works so well together.
    i notice you're always tippy-toeing when you wear flats, let your flats be FLAT! lol.
    I also think you achieved the perfect everyday face. I don't think the blush it too pink at all. You look natural and gorg!!

    • aaaaahahahah! OMG, Abi, you are so right. I just don't know how to wear flats. I just feel so…so… flat. it's weird! hahahaha. Thank you. Your comment just made my day LOL.

  5. Alaina says:

    I. Love. This. Look! It is so classic and chic! And as for the makeup, Bare Minerals has a great line and it covers while looking completely natural. I say besides foundation all you need is mascara and lip gloss! You go girl!

  6. ChellBellz says:

    Your hair looks gorgeous by the way! Love those Jeans and bag as well.

  7. I came across your blog from a fellow blogger who follows you and have to say what a Wonderful blog and posting- love the pairings. Great job!!!

  8. Michelle says:

    Your make-up looks Fabulous! Really love it. I scored a blouse similar to yours from my mom’s closet that she used to rock in the 80’s! Never thought about pairing it with jeans…definitely going to try that!

  9. megan says:

    Oh hey gorgeous, i am loving this on you.
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  10. Taliah says:

    Very cute! Love how it's business casual with a dressy twist! Your makeup looks puurtyy!!
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  11. Jen smith says:

    LOVEEE your execution of the print mixing!! AND your make up looks great too! I am the same way when it comes to make up, I don't really do anything more than lip gloss on a daily basis.

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  12. Kim says:

    super cute look!
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  13. Nancie says:

    Love the look! Yes its easy to mix prints!
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  14. Your pattern mixing tips are perfect Ife! I really love the dots and stripes here as well! Great look!

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  15. Rocquelle says:

    Love the mixed stripes and dots and the jeans too!! This is such a cute errand running look!
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  16. So easy, breezy, and beautiful!!
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  17. Your makeup looks great! Love how you mixed the patterns!
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  18. Mary,MI says:

    You pull it out nicely. Two kind of prints are sometimes way too opposite but this one is awesome. you look gorgeous too!

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  19. Channing says:

    You look so pretty! The first thing I noticed was your eyebrows! Then your arm party, LOL.
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  20. Pretty Tall Style says:

    I love this look! never thought to mix polka dots and stripes and you did it very well! Pretty Natural looking make-up as well!

  21. Very cute! This is a look I love. I just wore something similar recently:-)
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  22. Jessica says:

    Your dots and stripes are perfect. love it!

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  23. @Shalilac says:

    I luv'd that your paired classic pieces with those destroyed jeans… pure genius!

  24. Leslie says:

    So cute for denim Friday at my school!!!

  25. lyddiegal says:

    Love the print mixing, and killer accessories!

  26. jeimy says:

    omg love this look you did great that last picture is beautiful and the second to last with the trench just perfect!!!
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  27. Stopping by from Monday Mingle. I love your stripes and dots!
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  28. Miles of Fashion says:

    Love the print idea you have going on and those jeans are super cute.
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  29. lynn says:

    Love the print mixing, great tips…. Your hair and makeup look very pretty.
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  30. Nikell says:

    I love this look! It's so cute! Great tips too. I've only tried mixing prints once.I'll have to try it again.

  31. Mello says:

    You nailed the natural look and print mixing. I love how your cardigan sleeves are 3/4 length, so you get to see more of the polka dots.

  32. You look adorable! Love this combination! I need to learn how to do this! Lol
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  33. Lynn says:

    Love the MIX!
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  34. Glamamom says:

    Love the mix of prints! Great accessories too!

  35. Nadjah says:

    You look gawgeous!! love love the whole shabang!! : ) flawless!!

  36. i love this look…especially the texture of the prints
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  37. Deanne35 says:

    Hi! Do you know that you carry any dress with chic? I love your get up in this photo! I confess I do get some of your style, especially with street wear. Awesome!
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  38. tyty says:

    YES YES YES and YES! Eboni you rocked my world! This is fresh and the RIGHT way to mix prints! I am so digging this look! How cute are you? I love the makeup you looking runway fresh! I will need you to do your make up like this everyday! LOL and your hair! HELL and your brows…

    xoxo Ty
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  39. Rita says:

    I lvoe everything about this look! I also think you did a pretty great job at the "natural look," you look awesome! xo, Rita

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  41. Momma Sharon says:

    I LOVE the whole package, the outfit (which you KNOW I'm copying!!), the hair, makeup is flawless, and the trench just pulls it all together. HOME RUN, baby girl!!

  42. Prissy says:

    Love this! Its so chic. I also love the gold accessories paired with the black & white. Your makeup is so pretty too. I need those flats! This reminds me that I need to inveset in more cute flats

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  43. Absolutely adore this look!

  44. kelsey87 says:

    Hi Eboni! you look so gorgeous and you've got unique style. Your makeup looks great too. Thanks for the post!
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  46. Shasie says:

    Lovely! I love this print combo, and even cooler because they are the same color scheme
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  47. Thanks for the print mixing tips. I really like how you styled this and I like your style in general! As for blush I like Maybelline's Expert Wear in 105 Sweet Cinnamon. It's a great neutral and I think it'd look really nice on you.

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