Yes, You Can: Mix Your Prints

It’s a street-style fave and a glossy go-to, the too-cool-to-care (yet daunting) trend of mixing prints. And if you believe Style.com, which of course I do, prints on prints will be big going into fall. To try it out for myself, I turned to these tips, inspired more by bloggers of-the-moment and less by Little Edie (although on occasion I too have tied a shirt around my head for a sweet turban effect).

 

1. Consider Stripes a Neutral
Enter the sailor-striped tee. The black-and-white staple works well with other motifs, from ikat to florals, while the structure of the stripes balances out looser, abstract prints. Consider it your gateway into this trend, and play away.

2. Mix Large with Small
Try an oversized print with a daintier one. Here, jumbo polka dots work well against a ditzy garden print.

3. Stick to a Constant Color Scheme
Maybe most important of all, let the colors be the common thread. I found that black and white are ideal for easing into this trend.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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July 24, 2012