How to Mix Prints

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If you're like a lot of people, when you wear a printed piece, you keep the rest of your outfit pretty simple to let the print stand out. While that's definitely a fine way to go, you can often elevate the look further by adding another print. The "hard part" is figuring out which prints to mix so that they compliment rather than clash.
Mixing prints can definitely seem a bit intimidating at first, but with a few tips, anyone can have fun with the trend!  If you're just starting, a great suggestion is to use prints that have the same few colours. Above, I'm wearing a  black and white heart print buttoned shirt with a black and white animal print coat. Because both pieces are the same colours, they work well together. You also want to take note of the scale of the prints; mixing a small scale print with a large scale print differentiates the pieces as to not confuse the eye.
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Here, again, I used two pieces with the same base colour: pastel pink. The t-shirt actually has little cut-outs of  Samantha Jones (of Sex & The City) in colourful suits, and the  Phillip Lim jacket has light blue brush strokes. This is definitely a more risky look than the last, because the colours are bolder and the size of prints are similar, but it follows the same line of thought.
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Here, I went even brighter! The colourful ensemble looks more complicated to put together than it actually was. There are a few prints that count as almost neutral--meaning they're much easier to use when mixing prints because they go with almost anything. These include prints like stripes, polka dots, buffalo plaid, and leopard. So, in a weird way, this  striped dress is actually pretty neutral-it's just the bright orange colour that makes it more interesting. I love orange and yellow together, so when I tried the cute trench over it, it just worked! A lot of times, mixing prints just comes down to trial and error. I'll often try two things together that I think will work but they end up looking horrendous, which just lets me know to keep trying!
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As I mentioned,  buffalo plaid is one of those "almost neutrals", and I'm wearing it here under a  camo jacket. Another reason this outfit works well is because both plaid and camo are in the same style category.  Both prints can have a rock & roll feel, so by pairing them over a graphic tee (and with ripped  boyfriend jeans), I achieved the punk-inspired look I was going for.
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If you love the idea of mixing prints but are still stumped on styling, remember that you can usually find  pieces that do the work for you! The shirt I'm wearing here incorporates two different prints, so I can take part in the trend without trying to figure out what to pair together. Hope this little guide helps!
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