Mixing prints is an art. Correct execution can produce a masterpiece of an outfit; bad execution, however, could have you looking like a closet Dumpster-dive. But, if you're ready to tackle this trend, there are a few guidelines, courtesy of Teen Vogue.
If you tend to shy away from pattern pairings, there’s a simpler, less intimidating solution: Mix one print in two colors, says the publication. There's no need to couple florals with plaids and polka dots with houndstooth if the idea freaks you out — leave that to the fearless. The idea behind this approach is to look cool, not crazy, so keep the rest of your outfit neutral. For example, anchor it with a solid blouse, a pair of jeans, or simple booties.
We're particularly fond of the plaid interpretation pictured above, which mixes shirts with proportionally sized checks, keeping the rest of the outfit laid-back with jeans and sneakers. It's true: Mixing and matching doesn’t have to be scary — in fact, it can be effortless. For more mixed-print outfit ideas, check out the full Teen Vogue article, and get pairing. (Teen Vogue)