There are some fashion-girl trends that even the most style adept have trouble mastering with total confidence — take socks with sandals or candy-colored faux fur, for example. But, there's one recent trope that can be especially daunting: the print-on-print-on-(sometimes)-print trend, which combines two or more patterns to exuberant effect. Thing is, you don't have to have a stylist's eye to pull off this seemingly tricky look. All you need are a few guidelines — and a lot of attitude — and you'll be mixing and matching spring's best florals, stripes, and ginghams in no time.
Ahead, we're breaking down the best ways to expertly combine your patterned pieces, whether you're just testing the waters or you're ready to dive into a head-to-toe commitment. And, because no look is complete without stellar accessories, we're including finishing touches that totally make
the outfits, including retro-inspired round sunglasses from Sunglass Hut
and quirky footwear (i.e., that aforementioned attitude). So, get ready to pile on the prints and hit the ground running. Soon, you'll be leaving the Fashion Week peacocks in the dust.
Photographed by Katie McCurdy; Styled by Courtney Raniszewski; Hair by Natasha Leibel; Makeup by Anna Webber