How to Mix and Match Prints with Buffalo Plaid

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How to Mix and Match Prints with Buffalo Plaid

Quote of the day: “The power of imagination makes us infinite.” John Muir

After our style showcase about making our buffalo plaid be more dressy, I wanted to challenge us for a game of mixing prints. Not that everyone loves this game. Yet for some reason, I enjoy the idea of mix and match prints. Maybe because it’s more of a challenge?

After our forays with print mixing, I try to work it into my everyday outfits at least once a week. And now that the weather calls for outerwear, I thought we could incorporate the coats and jackets into the mix.

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I actually think having your purse be the second print is easy because it’s not as permanent. Most of the time it gets sets down when you go someplace. I bought us these matching totes because I thought they’d be fun for when we have to change our outfits. Nancy didn’t get her’s with an initial because “N” wasn’t one of the options.

As for our outing in these photos, we took some ahead of the concert from the dress up plaid post, just in case it was too dark afterward. But we wanted to show you some of the pretty lights at the Lakewood Heritage Center.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit

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Coat: Marvin Richards-thrifted (similar here)~~Boots: by Guess (similar here)~~Scarf: The Limited (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)~~Mittens: (similar here)~~Purse: (here)

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Why I Wore This Outfit

Since we’ve all heard time and time again that leopard is a neutral, I thought that would mix perfectly with the buffalo plaid tote. I scoured thrift stores last year when I realized I was the only one of us who didn’t have a leopard coat. I ended up finding this one on Poshmark. Right now is probably not the easiest time to find one on Poshmark, but there are so many at the retail stores that you can get some good deals.

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How You Could Change This Outfit

If you don’t mind the idea of a fun print coat, but just can’t handle the leopard, there are other options. Take this camouflage coat for instance. It’s a darker neutral that goes well with other prints. And there’s always a chevron pattern that would be nice.

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Interesting Tidbit

I just purchased these mittens at the Christkindl market when we where there taking blog photos. Since my hands always get cold I was excited to find some that were fleece lined and inexpensive. I know…I know, I could just knit a pair, but my knitting dance card is full.

Nancy’s (70+) Outfit

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Coat: Charlotte made it (similar here)~~Boots: Crown Vintage (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (here)

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Why Nancy Wore This Outfit

I asked Nancy to wear her tweed plaid coat to show how that the mix and match of the same prints works well. Nancy’s coat plaid is a much smaller print, and one of those you almost see as a solid. I’d call it subtle print mixing. And that’s a wonderful way to dip your toe into the idea.

Nancy kept the accessories in the same color scheme so the tote really stands out. In fact, Nancy is really adding in a third print with her hat since it’s not a solid color.

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How You Could Change This Outfit

Since both mom and I added in red accessories, I like the variation with Nancy’s choice. In fact, I think there are a multitude of options that you might already have in your closet. A black hat is always a good option, and the pom poms are big right now. But you could also keep warm with a beige hat or even grey.

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Interesting Tidbit

This coat was a hand made creation that my mom made for Nancy. Nancy used to have a coat very similar to this that was wearing out. My mom had repaired it many times, but then she found some comparable material. So Charlotte made Nancy a brand new winter coat by using the old coat as the pattern.

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit

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Coat: Lanjian c/o (similar here)~~Boots: Jambu c/o (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Gloves: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Purse: (here)

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Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit

One of the secrets to successful print mixing is to use prints with the same color scheme. That’s why I wanted my mom to wear her floral coat. My mom thought it was a lot of print together, but then again, why is that a bad thing? We wear a lot of solid together and don’t think twice.

Even though this coat is not super heavy, I think adding in the right accessories and layering under it can make all the difference. You can see my mom wearing this same coat with different winter warmings last winter.

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How You Could Change This Outfit

If you feel that floral and plaid aren’t your new best friends, that’s okay. This tote is bright enough to add fun to even a black winter jacket or almost any solid colored coat.

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Interesting Tidbit

If you missed it in the earlier post, these wonderful red high heel earrings are from the Dior exhibition. The great thing is how lightweight they are. Of course I couldn’t find the exact ones for you, but here’s a boot version that is very inexpensive. Or if you like the idea of converse sneakers hanging from your lobes, then you’d love these.

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Tips & Tricks

Print mixing is one way to have fun with your clothes and create WAY more variety. There are a ton of different ways to begin, but I think the easiest way is to start with black & white. That’s how we did it the first time on the blog.

The other idea to make it easier is to incorporate that second print as an accessory like we did with these totes. It’s another set of blog posts that we’ve explored earlier on the blog.

Other prints that always seems to play well with others is stripes and polka dots. I know most coats are solid colors, but you could try out print mixing with a print scarf and purse, and see how you like it.

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