Get the Look : Printed Basics

At this point the idea of mixing multiple prints in one outfit has gone far past trend status. It looks like the fashion industry is in a fully committed relationship with the styling trick, so if you haven't hopped on board yet now is the time. One fool proof way to get into the print mixing groove is with simple prints like florals, stripes, polka dots, and even leopard print. For the most part you can treat each of these as you would any solid colored piece. As long as there is a color connection between the two prints, you should be good to go!

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Take inspiration from this leggy fashionista and try mixing a basic stripe with a more interesting floral for a look that is right on without feeling overwhelming. Still unsure whether or not your look really works? Neutral accessories will help balance out a busy outfit. Advanced print mixers, go ahead and throw in a patterned clutch or bright shoe.

Clover Canyon top $194 // Girls on Film shorts $40
Aldo clutch $45 // Nine West heels $89 // Notebook $15

GTL : Black and White and Chic All Over

Mixing prints is a difficult fashion trick to master. However, there is at least one fool proof method and it involves the fashion industry's favorite color - black and white prints are your new best friends. They are easy mix and match and flattering on everyone. It's likely you even have some of these pieces in your closet right now.

When mixing prints you can go one of two routes, either sticking to similar prints (i.e. florals with florals) or mixing completely (i.e. stripes and polka dots). If you're heading down path number one, try to avoid prints that are too similar. A vertically striped pencil skirt can look adorable paired with horizontally striped top, but adding a vertically striped top instead can look too much like a uniform or a dress whose pattern didn't match up correctly. If you've decided to go the print mixing distance, then pattern size is what you'll need to pay most attention to. A bold splatter paint skirt with pair better with a smaller polka dot or stripe. This way, your loud pieces can still shine and your look won't be overwhelmed with print.

My only other piece of advice? Make sure the whites of your pieces are very close in shade. Mixing creams with bright whites will end up looking off and maybe even dirty. Now go and mix away with confidence!

Tops
Forever21 Fuzzy Plaid // Topshop Mathelete Grid // Forever21 Stripe Tee // Zara Polka Dot Blouse
Lipsy Essentials Stripe Crop // Topshop Leaf Print Cami // ASOS Oversized Polka Dot Shirt
Zara Embroidered Polka Dot Top // June & Hudson Floral Crop // Zara Striped Blouse
ASOS Crochet Top // Zara Flower Print Blouse // Topshop Sheer Stripe

Bottoms
Zara Grid Pants // Leith Print Midi Skirt // Oasis Floral Pant // Zara Stripe Sarong Skirt
Banana Republic Heritage Short // June & Hudson Crepe Pants // Keepsake Marble Wrap Skirt
June & Hudson Floral Print Short // Zara Stripe Skirt // Topshop Leaf Print Pant
Banana Republic Soft Dot Short // Nasty Gal Houndstooth Skirt

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