Stripes and Print Mixing are a Perfect Combination

Stripes and print mixing for generations

Stripes and Print Mixing are a Perfect Combination

Quote of the day: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” Herman Melville

We are continuing the stripes theme after we matched them to the rest of our outfit. Now I wanted to incorporate them into a print mixing look.

I know for myself, I would never have put together 2 prints with intention before I started blogging. If you feel that way too, then this spring I blogged about trying it with baby steps.

But if you like the challenge of seeing if you can put together 2 different prints on your body, then a striped shirt could be the perfect place to start. Especially a black & white striped shirt. And I’ll show all 3 of us styling it a little differently.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I know that stripes and print mixing are an easy way to make an outfit more interesting.

When we were talking about easy ways to print mix this spring, I showed print pants and a print scarf. Well here I am with the same idea of adding in another print with your scarf, only my two prints are right next to each other.

Midlife style with stripes and print mixing

I ended up wearing my earrings from one of my Rocksbox sets. I was worried these earrings would be a little too heavy for all day wear, but I was pleasantly surprised. Since they weren’t too heavy, I bought them, so you’ll be seeing a lot of these. Don’t forget that you can get a month of the Rocksbox service free with my code, Jtouchofstylexoxo. It’s truly free, so what you could do is get a box, wear the jewelry for a week, then send it back. Get another box for another week or so, and then cancel the service.

stripes and print mixing for women over 50

I recently picked up these jeans while thrifting, and I thought they were brown on the front and black on the back portion.

However, when I got them home, I realized they were more of a plum color. And matched my plum booties to a tee. Now I couldn’t have planned that if I’d tried, right? I’ve been surprised at how much I wear these booties, and you recently saw them in our booties and sweaters post.

stripes and print mixing for any age

I knitted this cardigan about 5 years ago. I fell in love with this yarn, and then when I saw this pattern, I knew it’d be perfect. I’d probably wear it more than I do, but the shoulders tend to droop off my shoulders. That’s the disadvantage of knitting your own sweaters. They don’t always turn out perfect… But considering the time and energy that went into this project, I still try to wear it!

stripes and print mixing for women

Jeans: DL1961-thrifted (similar here)~~Cardigan: I knitted it (similar here)~~Top: H&M (similar here)~~Boots: Crown Vintage(similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: Aster from Rocksbox-use code Jtouchofstylexoxo for a month free (here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy’s black and white striped tank top creates a great foundation for this outfit.

She’s using the stripes on her top and then a larger print on the bottom half of her body. Then to make it less “in your face” she’s covered up with a solid colored jacket.

Since the rest of the outfit is black and white, you could add in any color jacket to make this work for you. In fact, a blush colored jacket would look very stylish. Or you could go really bright with a red one. And even a more subdued color like grey would be very pretty. Not that you have to add in another color, because a black jacket would be wonderful also.

Stripes and print mixing for women over 60

I know that even though I’m an accessory junkie, I’m starting to think about the overall focal point of the outfit instead of always adding in accessories. So for Nancy’s outfit, we kept the necklace, earrings and bracelet very small and unassuming. But I have to admit, that once you get used to putting on jewelry, it’s hard not to!

Stripes and print mixing for boomers

Am I the only one that starts singing Blue Suede Shoes when you see these shoes?

I think having bright blue shoes is always a good idea. And if you wear jeans a lot, then blue shoes would be a perfect option for you.

But if you didn’t want bright blue ones, then I could find you many other varieties. There’s this light blue pair of driving shoes that are so pretty. Or there are sneakers, booties, rain boots, or a loafer.

Stripes and print mixing for style

I introduced Nancy on Instagram in this post using the outfit below for those of you who didn’t see it. One of the details I was talking about is how Nancy is usually open to the outfits I suggest. Although these pants aren’t usually her go to pants. But when I was looking for a similar pair, I had to gasp at the price of these. Seeing that, made me realize what a great deal we got when Nancy bought her pair.

Women 60+ wearing stripes and print mixing

Pants: Liz Claiborne (similar here)~~Jacket: Joseph Ribkoff (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: Considering the first time I suggested mixing prints in our outfits to my mom, and I received some push back, I thought mom rocked this look.

Not only is she layering a striped blouse over a print blouse, but her pants are also a very subtle stripe.

Women over 70 wearing stripes and print mixing

Since there was so much black and white in the outfit, we decided to add in the bright pink as a contrast in mom’s accessories. Our blogette, Jude, actually made these earrings for my mom and gave them to her when we met up with her in Seattle.

And here you can see the 2 prints of the blouses better. This could be an easy way to combine prints, because they almost look like one shirt.

stripes and print mixing for older women

There’s even another print going on in this look.

The cuffs of the striped shirt have this zebra print when you cuff them up. Talk about going crazy with prints, yet it works together so well.

I know many women don’t like wearing belts much, but I do think that adding this colorful belt breaks up the stripes nicely. Even if you added a black belt to this outfit, I think it would give some shape to the overall look. But just think about adding a colorful one like red, or blue velvet.

stripes and print mixing in the older generation

I wouldn’t normally pose my mother in front of a dumpster for our blog photos, but when I saw this pink one, I thought it complimented the outfit so nice because of mom’s pink accessories. Luckily it didn’t smell bad, LOL! But you can see some dust on her pants from rubbing against it! All in a day’s work for a fashion blogger!

Stripes and print mixing for 70+ women

Pants: Coco & Co (similar here)~~Blouse: Jones New York (similar here)~~Top: Ralph Lauren (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Belt: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

If you have some stripes in your closet, I’m challenging you to add them with another print and see what you can create!! And then I’d love to hear about it!! This has been one of my favorite ways to style some new combinations lately!

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If you want to try some stripes and print mixing, I’ve rounded up some items that might make it easy for you.


  • Lovely outfits ladies! Big fan of stripes too, especially dresses.

    Jessica |

  • I love the blue in Nancy’s outfit. And the shoes! #teamlovinlife

  • I have a difficult time mixing prints and stripes so my take is the same as yours: striped top and flower print scarf. One looks so polished..

    • I do think it gets somewhat easier the more we do it (and the more we see it on others) Lorena!!!
      I keep trying to incorporate print mixing into at least one outfit a week (IRL) and it’s a fun challenge!!

  • Franci Hoffman

    Wow! I love all of these looks. Your combo is especially fun, Jodi.

  • I didn’t realise that they were two toned until I read it and then checked the photo. They look amazing and such a great find for a thrift wow!! Just pinned and tweeted!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Thanks for always being such a great hostess, Nicole!

  • I love the orange scarf

  • You all have done so well. Love all three outfits. When I read the story, I recognized so much. I am a jewellery junkie like you and find it hard to not use a lot. And like you I have learned not to have too many focal points otherwose you spoil the outfit. One of the things I learned from Sylvia when I started blogging was : only two colours can be boring, always try to add a third colour. Like you did with Nancy and Charlotte. Stripes and patterns was my next step and I still no good at pattern mixing. Even though I see that it makes things much more interesting.
    I applaud you for knitting that cardigan. My, what a work. A shame it slides off your shoulders. Could a very thing shoulder pad, sewed in, help?

    • It’s always learning, isn’t it Greetje??
      We get dressed every day, but until we really evaluate our looks, we don’t really change or think about it!!
      I bet you could mix prints nicely—you have so many fun pieces and you’ve had a ton of experience evaluating your looks!!!
      Besides—it’s fun!!

  • That quote hits the spot, very true. I love your choices of stripes and patterns. All of you looks young and amazing.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • Thanks Katya!!!
      You are always so positive and supportive—thanks so much for that!

  • Love print mixing!! You all did it flawlessly

  • donnanance

    Stripes are a neutral, don’t cha know!? ha! You gals are rocking the stripes in your outfits. Jodie, that sweater is beyond fabulous…so talented. Love Nancy’s jacket and the detailing…and the blue suede shoes. Your mom’s layering is perfect and the hot pink shoes set off the outfit. xoxo

  • Judy Gramith

    Charlotte looks like she stepped straight out of a fashion magazine tutorial on “how to mix prints.”
    She really nailed it with the color and the scale of the prints. The earrings found a great place in this look as well 🙂 The dumpster totally cracked me up, but it really provided funky, vogue-ish backdrop!!
    Nancy’s blue look is happy and I love the bright impact of the blue shoes. The large print of the pant (in my humble view) requires an almost equally large stripe in the top. I believe that scale is important to give a print mix look that final POW!
    Your hand crafted sweater is absolutely delicious Jodie. The colors in the yarn and the soft mohair texture are amazing and you are truly an artist! Your multi colored/swirl pattern back sweater is actually an additional print in the mix and the focal point of your look.
    I hope you’ll accept my view with your usual diplomatic attitude.
    I think the scarf colors work fabulously but in a smaller twisted, close knot look and the top beneath your sweater….I see a plum and yellow stripe to play off the sweater colors and compliment that gorgeous knit; letting it be the star that it is.
    Your jeans and boots are amazing with the sweater and you look amazing Jodie, but that black and white striped top is fighting for attention…

    • Of course, I ALWAYS love to hear other’s opinions, Jude. Especially when they differ from what I’ve put together. Because of course, all I have to work with is what’s in my closet, which can be a limiting factor…ha ha! But tell me—where did you find that photo you emailed me of the striped top with the peplum—it’s perfect??!!!!
      It’s really quite a shame you didn’t move to Denver with this new house!! We could create some fabulous outfits with our two closets combined!!!

      • Judy Gramith

        I Googled “plum and yellow tops”. You’ll see a bajillion options. Don’t even think of advising Charlotte to Google “owl wear” :-):-)

  • I love mixing prints!


  • You totally can pull off mixing combination.
    I always love to mix prints too.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

  • Lesley Watson

    Love these looks. Your sweater is beautiful. ( get some clear ribbon like they have on new cardis to hold them on) I want a pair of blue suede shoes! & the hot pink with black/white prints on Charlotte is so striking. Sorry I missed lunch. We will reschedule! Happy December and have a great weekend.

    • I was just saying to Rob this morning, that I was wondering how your hubby was doing? I was going to text you, but I wasn’t sure you texted???
      He’s okay, right??
      Thanks Lesley—my mom will love to read this!!

      • Lesley Watson

        Thank you for your thoughts. He’s doing well, some lifestyle changes for the Watsons coming up. Details at lunch. I do text NOW. It took me awhile and I’m not totally up to speed (can’t figure how to send photos) but do have the basics.

        • I’d be happy to include a small texting lesson at our lunch…haha!!!
          Can’t wait!!

          • Lesley Watson

            I may just take you up on that! I have a friend who is part of monthly Sunday brunch group. She set my phone up for me and gave me first lesson. Much easier to follow her then Wayne. ——————————————–

          • We will plan on it then!!!

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Amazing photos, Jodie! Looks like you guys had a great time! Love all your colorful looks. STUNNING AS ALWAYS LADIES! Thanks for sharing!
    Much love, Len

    • Thanks for all of the positive words and vibes, Len!! It’s so nice that you cheer us on!!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Your scarf is a head turner. So pretty!

  • Love this bold look, I still havent been able to pull off this mix look. I love how you ladies did this so I may try again.
    xoxo Falasha
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    • It does take some practice, Falasha….but you have a creative eye, so I know you can pull it off!!
      Thanks so much!!

  • These are all perfect examples of beautiful print mixing! Well done, ladies! I also love how well your boots match your pants, Jodie! Those are really cute booties. 🙂


    • Thanks Lindsey!! I vacillated for 3 different trips to DSW whether I should get these booties, and I’ve worn them so much!! I’m so glad I finally bought them!!

  • Ohhh, I am sorry Jodie but this time is Charlotte who wins! She is so elegant, stylish and simply gorgeous! I love that she put together a pink belt and heels. So pretty!

    • Isn’t this such a nice outfit for my mom, Miri??
      She will so appreciate your kind words, and I’ll make sure to forward this comment to her!!
      Have a fabulous day!

  • Stripes are my favourite print, and like you’ve shown here they are wonderful for print mixing! I like picking printed scarves to wear with my striped pieces often 🙂 I’ve never tried layering a striped and a printed shirt together but I love it and it’s my favourite of all three outfits! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely week! I’m getting excited it will be December this weekend! We are going to put up our tree then.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • It’s amazing how time flies, right Mica?? I love this time of year for all of the festivities. We are going to a Figgy Pudding Party with my moms where we sing and get to hear all kind of songs and readings this weekend!!
      Thanks for the lovely compliments—my mom will absolutely beam!!

  • Great choices! And what a perfect backdrop for your mothers outfit! Nancy looks stunning in these colors and that fabulous pants!

    • Thanks so much Nancy!!! And Nancy even put that outfit together herself—-it’s so fun and modern, I think!!

  • I don’t tend to wear stripes or patterns but I do love these outfits and think that, for me, it’s the colour that makes them. They are so well matched.

    • Thanks so much Emma for your thoughts.
      Is there a reason you don’t wear any stripes or patterns??

  • I love all of these Jodie. I’m not a big fan of stripes myself but think it’s because I only ever see thick stripes on tshirt material tops and dresses. I quite like thin stripes. And I love the clash of patterns and colours! #teamlovinlife

    • Thanks Deborah!!
      It is fun to see how you can put these prints together, and if they’ll look okay.

  • Kathy Marris

    I think your stripes and print mixing works because they’re very subtle. I do love your new thrifted jeans and also your hand-knitted cardigan. #TeamLovinLife

  • I’ve never gotten my head around mixing prints – I just can’t grasp the concept – but on the other hand, I’d KILL for your boots!

    • I think it’s like anything, Leanne. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. But then again…that’s the nice thing about style–we don’t all have to be the same!!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, I love this type of print mixing. It seems so many prints go so well with stripes. You ladies are looking mighty fine! – Amy

    • Thanks Amy!! It does seem to work with all kinds of other prints so perfectly!!

  • Jodie, I adore your look here. The colors are beautiful!

  • Great mixes Jodie! The layering and mixing on your mom’s outfit is so great!

    pumps and push-ups

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Love the subtleties of these mixes Jodie! I really love the colors in yours!

  • Mother Daughter

    I really like Charlotte’s look and would maybe wear it. Not sure I am ready to do much mixing though. lol

    • I know it’s not the usual way to put together an outfit, Victoria!! But it is quite a challenge to see if you can create a cohesive look!!!

  • Dina ADina

    Love stripped tops!

    Have a lovely day ladies 🙂

  • Boy, do I know about knitting it and then it just wasn’t what I thought it would be but I love the back and I’m sure that’s what drew you to the pattern. Does that yarn have mohair in it? Looks scrumptious. Charlotte’s look is perfection. Strips and floral are such a natural fit in my style book.

    • You have a good eye for fibers, Terri—well of course you do!! Yes…there is mohair in the yarn! It’s such a yummy piece, I just need to get it to fit better!!

  • You ladies mixed prints beautifully! I love you mom’s pop of pink with the shoes.

  • Cindy

    Love stripes with florals and other stripes! You all 3 did so good! I’m really impressed with your mom’s outfit as it would’ve been hard to convince my mom to wear stripes with paisley, etc. Hopefully we’ll see more of these mixing patterns in the future!

    • I was totally impressed with my mom too!! It just goes to show that you can teach a old dog new tricks (and I mean that in a good way!!)
      Thanks Cindy!!

  • Lisa Kent

    Beautiful sweater, Jodie! You could try hand sewing some grosgrain ribbon across the inside of the shoulders and neck to keep it from stretching and falling off your shoulders. I feel your pain…fall in love with a yarn, knit a sweater, it doesn’t quite turn out like I imagined. But hope springs eternal!

    • Oh….that’s a fabulous suggestion Lisa!! Thank you so much for that idea. You must be a knitter too??
      And this yarn was a huge skein that was half off—I think I only ended up paying $50 for it which was quite a deal! But I saved it for a fabulous project, and was so delighted when I saw this pattern!!

  • Lovely outfits. I like the black and white scheme with everyone too. The pink shoes and the blue shoes are a great punch of color. love the sweater you knitted too Jodie, very talented!
    I want to try more Pattern mixing myself, i enjoy mixing textures, so id like to try more of this.
    jess xx

    • It is fun when I style the print mixing, Jess!! It just takes a little more time, because I’m still new at it!!!

  • This is another post I have to write while I read! Stripes remind me of leopard print. They seem like prints but they have that magic that make them more like neutrals and solids. I love your pants with the booties! If you do enough shopping eventually you’ll find something to go with every shade in your closet. Sounds like a mission! Your sweater reminds me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night but in different colorways! And I love your mom’s and Nancy’s shoes and I always love clicking to see what similar items you have found for us in your links!

    • I think you’re right, Julia!! The stripes almost seem like a neutral, and I wonder why??
      Thanks for always checking the similar items. It does take time to do that, and sometimes I wonder if I should continue….

  • Rebecca Saffer

    Three great outfits today – all with different levels of print/stripe mixing. Your hand knit sweater is gorgeous and as a knitter myself, I have had several sweaters that just did not work out fit-wise despite a lot of work and expense. However, I think yours does look great and maybe if worn on something that is rough textured rather than silky it will stay put.

    • When I think about it, I’ve had quite a few “bad” knits, and some I’ve been able to rescue, and some end up as cat blankets–ha ha! But this one just feels too wide on my shoulders—have you ever fixed any like that?? I suppose you’d never notice, but it does feel strange. I’m not even sure it does fall off much, but I know I always tug at it.
      Thanks Rebecca!!

      • Rebecca Saffer

        I put on my thinking cap about the sweater – would weaving some elastic thread and drawing the stitches at the neck closer together work? Or would a faux fur border stitched to the collar area?

        • Oooh…I need you around all the time…this sounds like exactly what I need to do. I may try the elastic thread first only because I’m sure my mom already has some. If that doesn’t work, I’ll see if I can find some faux…

  • Seriously cute styling on all three looks! Love your look, especially! The sweater that you knit? Gorgeous!!

    • Thanks Darlene!!
      I used to be a knitting fiend—that is before blogging. I’m going to have to get back into it!!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Pops of color at their best too! Gorgeous brilliant colors on all three of you!

  • Well, you know I am all about black and white stripes with All the prints! Love this post and think each of you rocked these pattern mix looks. I especially like Charlotte’s layered shirts.

    • Thanks so much Jennie!!! I have definitely learned a ton from you because you are such a pro with mixing prints!!

  • Love stripes with a print… especially floral. Have a lovely day all. Gemma x

  • Courtney Hardy

    Stripes are a perfect staple to a wardrobe!!

    • They really are, Courtney. Now I just wonder why we were always told they make us look bigger?? Those people need a new lesson—ha ha!

  • Copied your stripe and scarf photo and will do this when I get the two new striped shirts you found for me on Monday. With the standard white jeans and my trusty jean jacket I will look marvelous and feel great! Again, thanks for your help the other day. Note: In design we mix patterns all the time. Hope your readers will try out our blog at some point!-Laurel

    • You’re exactly right. And that was the point I made to my mom when I first brought up the subject a couple of years ago and she gave me the eye roll–seriously. Because we were standing in her bedroom, and she has a ton of pillows on her bed that are different prints. I told her, it looked good on her bed, why wouldn’t it look good on her body??
      But I realize she was brought up in the time when the rules were around, but I’m proud of her that she’s come around to trying it more often now (and without the eye roll)
      Thanks Laurel!!

  • Everyone is looking so fine, Jodie! Your hair is so pretty! I wish I had more curl! I love the colors you put together for everyone!

    • Thanks so much Cheryl!!
      And I’d be happy to give you my curls—ha ha!! We always want what we don’t have, right?

  • Mireille

    I had Johnathan print mixing on my instagram this weekend! What a cool idea to combine two button down shirts!

    • I just went to look at it and it’s absolutely perfect on him! Of course, it would look just as wonderful on you too, Mireille!!!

  • ADA

    You look gorgeous in those rustic Autumn shades, awesome! Love your fun chocolate cardigan, Jodie.

  • Jodie, you all look so lovely. The mixes of stripes and patterns is fresh and modern without the stigma of looking like a costume. The color choices and combinations in each outfit were fantastic. Sometimes there’s a fine line between clever creativity and a hot-mess jumble but you’re clearly on the side of styling brilliance.


    • Your words totally cracked me up Rena!!! Because a hot mess happens quite often too! But at least lately, I take the time to change and put something else on…ha ha!!!

  • I love your hand knit cardigan! I’ve had far too many projects not turn out at all like I’d predicted.

    I thought your Mom was wearing a Robert Graham shirt at first. They combine patterns. Clever that it was two different shirts!


    • Thanks Suzanne!
      You’d think that as long as I’d been knitting, that my projects would come out great every time…ha ha! But I’ve learned that it would be too boring that way.
      I was so surprised when mom combined these shirts. I thought she would mix the prints by having them be far away from each other!! But it did turn out great!!

  • Laura

    Stripes are such a great print for some print mixing! I love that all of your stripes are smaller too. I think that makes it even easier! They look great with floral and I love the way mom’s button up looks with the extra print at the collar!

    • You are so right, Laura!! The smaller stripes seem much easier to mix!!! I wonder why??

  • Karen

    Winners all around!!! I love your sweater Jodie! Can’t believe that is 5 years old, it’s still so stylish it looks brand new! Love the design in the back! Those jeans are great in the two tones and your print mixing works perfectly! I like how Nancy went with blue and your mom with pink. Your mom looks amazing and the prints she chose to combine are perfection! I think the belt adds a lot to her look, especially if you envision it without the belt. It’s the perfect finishing touch! Love those pink shoes!! The ones you linked to are so cute, aren’t they? And so inexpensive for a fun look to add to just about anything. Looks like another trip to DSW is in order! I have never seen a pink dumpster, but why don’t they have more of these? That just makes you smile!

    • Thanks so much for all of the love on this post Karen.
      What I should do with this sweater, is take some time to figure out a fix for the shoulders—then I’d wear it so much more!! Especially since it goes with these jeans so perfectly!!
      I’m glad my mom doesn’t mind wearing belts, because I do think this is perfect with the pink belt. I wouldn’t think about pink shoes as much in the winter—but then again, why not??

  • Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Your post made me smile. Of course you ladies mixed stripes and print tastefully, but it reminds me of some of the combos my middle school aged son used to come down the stairs wearing. He would be absolutely certain that they matched…though the combos gave me vertigo lol. Just goes to show there’s a right way and a wrong way for just about everything.
    Bev xx

    • Your son was ahead of his time, Bev!! I think kids can be a fabulous inspiration, because they see things differently. They haven’t been told there are silly rules, and put together what they like. If only we could be more like that!!!
      I love a story that one of my friends tell about her dad. He would combine red and burgundy, and the women in the household would have a fit and make him go change. Yet just last month InStyle magazine talked about combining those two colors. Funny how times change!!
      Thanks, Bev!!

      • Charlotte Miller

        That’s also the case with pink and red. Very hip now.