Bloggers Who Budget: Prints + Patterns

Dear Readers,

I’ll let you in on a little secret: Mixing and matching prints in your wardrobe will double your outfit options. (And earn you major style points!) The Bloggers Who Budget are engaging in a little pattern play this month and sharing our current obsessions under $100.

Let’s start with this striped fit and flare from Gap.
This has become one of the most versatile dresses in my closet – and now I can finally wear it without navy tights! Stripes mix well with a spring floral, and this top-fold bag from Jason Wu for Target is a seasonal favorite.

There’s just something about a navy stripe that calls for gold accessories. This chunky curb link necklace and cuff add the right amount of shine without competing against the busy mix of print and pattern.

And finally, THESE SHOES. I searched high and low for months to find my size in this color, but to no avail. As luck would have it, Piperlime restocked their inventory, and I grabbed the last size 7 – with a 25% off coupon and two Rewards cards towards the purchase. High five.

Mix It Up: Tips for Prints and Patterns
1. Start with a stripe and mix with a pattern in the same color family. I love stripes with florals or polka dots.
2. Feeling adventurous? Mix smaller prints with a larger variety. Think skinny and wide stripes or a small floral with large blooms.
3. Some prints act as a great neutral against busier patterns or bold colors. Try camouflage or leopard print.

Spring Saves:

How are you mixing it up this spring? Feel free to share your favorite combinations below and make sure to check out these bloggers’ stylish picks:

Sharing My Sole | The Style Letters | Let It Be Beautiful | Here & Now | Pearls & Twirls | Stylin In St. Louis | Living In Color | The Pumpkin Spot


  • THOSE SHOES. Love.


    • Jaclyn, the hunt for these shoes was epic–but I prevailed! I think they’re my favorite pair for the spring, hands down. 🙂 Did you see them in black?!

      ~ M ~

  • I’m a huge fan of stripes and this is such a cute spring outfit! LOVE the bright floral colors of the bag, it complements the outfit nicely .

    • Thank you so much! I love mixing and matching prints, and this dress was such an affordable piece that I HAD to add it to my closet. I’d love to try it with a leopard print belt or flats, too.

      Thanks so much for reading!

      ~ M ~

  • Just found your blog and love it so much! Great feature and your look is beautiful! New follower 🙂

    PS. I’ve been eyeing those shoes too, but was looking for deal… I better check out piperlime! 🙂 Likely gone…… but I’ll see!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog, Londyn! Really means a lot, and I’m so appreciative!

      And DEFINITELY check these shoes out–so adorable and surprisingly comfortable for the heel height involved! I love the black version, too. 🙂

      Let me know what you think if you get them!

      ~ M ~

  • I love mixing stripes and floral! Killer shoes. I would not have thought to pair them with this.

    • Me too, Christina! It’s such an easy way to mix prints, and it doubles your outfit options, too. Thanks so much for reading!

      ~ M ~

  • pretty dress!

    • Thank you so much, Kristen! I’ve gotten SO much wear out of it already, and I’m definitely looking forward to styling it for the summer. If you’re in a Gap store, definitely check out this style!

      Thanks for reading!

      ~ M ~

  • Loving the striped dress on you..and this whole series of prints and patterns..

    • Thank you so much! I had a blast putting this together and adore the other looks, too. I can’t wait for the next one. 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

      ~ M ~

  • Loving this look! You may have me sold on the whole lace up heel trend 😉

    • Cait, I have two pairs already and show no signs of stopping. DO IT! 😉

      ~ M ~

  • KP

    Those shoes are perfect, loving the nude color!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

    • Thank you so much! They go with EVERYTHING, color-wise, and I’ve paired them with dresses, skirts, and boyfriend jeans. I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of these on the blog this year. 😉

      Thanks so much for reading!

      ~ M ~

  • In love with those shoes! You look lovely as always.
    The Pumpkin Spot

    • Thank you so much, Becky! Is it bad that I want them in black now?!

      ~ M ~