The Perfect Outfit: How To Mix Prints Like A Pro

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Sure, the calendar may lead us to believe it's spring outside, but that doesn’t mean it’s skirt-and-tank weather just yet (when is it ever, really?). Mastering the art of seasonal styling is somewhat tricky here in S.F., when one minute it’s bare legs galore, and the next you’re shivering in your shorts — which is why it’s necessary to come prepped.

One person who's figured out how to dress for this perpetually schizo weather is Calivintage blogger Erin Hagstrom, who recently charmed us with a somewhat-spring, somewhat-fall, mixed-print ensemble that is fit to be copied. Just take note of the five sartorial ingredients needed, and this stellar pattern mash-up, which works for just about every season, is yours for the taking.

Essential #1: Polka-Dot Tunic — This lovely, classically printed tunic is extra-graphic when tucked under a fuzzy leopard coat. Plus, with or without the topper, it looks great and can double as both a shirt and dress, depending on one's hemline preference. Add a sleek pair of tights underneath for when the chill rolls in.
J.Crew Retro-Dot Tunic, $65, available at J.Crew.

Essential #2: Round Sunglasses — Shade your eyes from those UV rays with cutesy oversized frames. Not only are they a great way to block out the excess spring sun, but they look mega-cool as a pseudo headband.
H&M Round Sunglasses, $9.48, available at H&M.

Essential #3: Walkable Booties — These boots were made for walking. But really, they are. Sport low-key booties that offset the tunic and jacket combo — plus, your feet will thank you.
ASOS ALBY Mid Heel Leather Chelsea Boot, $98.48, available at ASOS.

Essential #4: Leopard Coat — These Bay Area temps fluctuate like crazy, so prepare for the chilly evening with a cool-girl coat in another bold pattern to mix and match with your frock. Of course, one can never go wrong with a lil leopard.
ModCloth Feline Groovy Coat, $29.99, available at ModCloth.

Essential #5: Gold Necklace — Don't forget to accessorize. Top off the fun look with a touch of gold. A delicate, girly necklace is a stellar way to jazz up the 'fit without it being too extreme.
Stella McCartney Polished Gold-Tone Star Necklace, $415, available at Net-A-Porter.

Photo: Courtesy of Calivintage