A Fashion Guide To Print Clashing

As fashions on-going obsession with everything norm-core starts to die down a little, I let out a silent ‘hallelujah!’ Although monochrome and lack of prints are inevitably stylish and chic, is it just me, or do they take a little bit of fun out of fashion?

Luckily for me, and all the other walking rainbows in the world, prints, color and everything sunshine-filled is back with a vengeance! From flirty florals, to perfect paisleys, fashions current love affair with the Seventies makes boring style totally inexcusable!

One of the more boisterous trends is pattern clashing. Done right, it can make you look like you’ve stepped out of Vogue itself. Done wrong, well… you might as well have a name tag saying ‘granny’s curtains and carpet.’ Luckily, we are all about those vibrant, boho prints here at Banarsi designs and we’re here to help! So sit back, relax and get ready to learn the A to Z of print clashing…

Florals & Stripes


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Don’t know the first thing about print mixing? Florals and stripes are the perfect stepping stone for this trend. If your stripes are monochrome, treat this as you would a solid black and white piece. In short, you can mix any floral print with stripes if you rock it with confidence! Word of warning: stick with one striped piece and one floral piece and pare back with solid color pieces.

Get The Look

If you’re shy about print mixing, a really easy way to rock this trend is to simply accessorize a striped top or dress with a floral scarf. If you’re stripes are monochrome, make the print the statement and opt for the tropical floral scarf.



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If your striped piece is colored, ensure you stick within the same color palette to avoid unsightly clashes. This Dolce and Gabbana look (above) is a prime example.

Get The Look

Keep your florals simple and opt for a clean, rose print, such as the one on our Spring roses wool scarf.

Animal Print on Animal Print


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This pattern clash is Olivia Palermo approved! The key to this one is the overused cliche ‘less is more’. Choose one larger animal print and one smaller animal print and ensure that one item is a key piece in the look (pants, top, skirt). For your second piece, ensure that it is more minimal (handbag, shoes, scarf). Bring them together by wearing solid pieces in colors that are present in both prints. Now that’s fierce!

Get The Look

This black and white mixed print scarf is a fail-safe option!

Muted 70s Tones


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If you’re into this seasons bohemian trends, it’s time to mix and match! Boho prints such as ditsy florals, paisleys and folk prints are super easy to clash. After all, the wanderlust-filled, random vibe is all part of the trend! But before you go ahead and clash away, there are a few rules that come into play. Firstly, it’s important to stick to a palette that is mainly black or neutral, such as browns, beiges, creams and greys. Secondly, ensure that you are clashing one small print and one large print.

This trend is one that can be easily molded to different body shapes too. Wear the smaller print on an area you would like to make appear smaller and the larger print on an area that you would like to make appear larger. For example, if you are a pear shape (larger hips, smaller bust) balance out your shape by wearing a large print floral top with ditsy paisley print trousers or culottes.

Get The Look

The neutral tones in this floral paisley silk scarf make it super easy to clash with other boho pieces.


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If you’re feeling brave, funk up a brown-toned boho print dress with prints with pops of color. Throw in embellishments too for a real gypsy vibe.

Get The Look

The exotic silk scarf is perfect for adding color to your boho look.




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Pretty pop art prints and punchy geometrics are made for clashing! This is one pattern that you can clash two prints of the same size. However, if you choose to do this, it’s important to stick within a set color palette.

Get The Look

This geometric print scarf is perfect to add a punch to a clashing geometric look.


Animal & Floral


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It doesn’t get much more Summery than leopard print and florals! The key here is to choose a tone that appears in your leopard print and bring it out through your floral print. Black and brown leopard prints can easily be mixed with any florals that contain these tones! As always, ensure that you are mixing one large print and one small print.

Get The Look

This pure wool animal print scarf would be amazing with a smaller animal print or mixed with florals.

Which combination is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below…


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Rachel Holliday

Rachel Holliday

Interior design and fashion contributor at Banarsi Designs. Writer and Aussie-based fashion and personal style blogger at www.thedailyluxe.net