How To Mix Prints & Not Look Crazy

We know you're no fashion wallflower. When you reach into your closet, it’s not the basic, white blouses and boring, black trousers you gravitate toward. Rather, we suspect you seek out bold prints that look like a mash-up between this season’s vibrant collections and your grandma’s crazy wallpaper. While you may be an expert at wearing those motifs one at a time — say, for instance, a bright, polka-dot blouse with crisp, beige culottes — mixing them together can pose a challenge for even the most fashion-forward among us.
So, we’re giving you five easy tips on how to pair your patterns like a pro. You’ll be amazed at how much a Breton stripe and poppy floral can love each other — they may even want to break up with their usual, plain counterparts. Click through; your advanced print-mixing class awaits. Warning: Things are about to get graphic.
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Two Worlds Collide

What happens when classic combines with ultra-feminine? Magic. The striped top’s neutral hues play well with the graphic, floral skirt — and neither steals the spotlight. They simply complement each other in the best way possible.
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The All-In-One

If you’re not quite ready to play Dr. Frankenstein just yet, choose one single piece that does it for you. This Suno stunner is preppy up top and quirky on the bottom — especially with colorful statement heels. Vibrant earrings add an extra punch.
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The Same, But Different

You can wear two of the same pattern, as long as one is graphic and the other is slightly more tame. The boldness of this pink, floral top looks sweet against the subtler, flowery bottoms (which simply look multicolored from afar). Menswear-inspired add-ons, like oxfords and a sporty clutch, and keep the overall-femme vibe in check.
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A Little Bit Of Everything

Ready to really go for it? Incorporate a little bit of everything into the perfect casual-Friday-to-happy-hour ensemble. A striped top that's not too loud works with a very right-now, windowpane-style Bermuda short, and a graphic clutch gives the entire look a touch of whimsy.
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From Head To Toe

Don’t forget your feet. Striped sandals ground a fun, polka-dot dress — and, because they take up so little visual real estate, they get your mixed-up message across without being overwhelming.

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