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Saturday, January 25th 2014

4 Ways to Mix Prints

Difficult as it seems to pull off, print mixing looks super chic when done skillfully. Style director Elle breaks down the basics of the trend for those who want to play it safe and those prepared to be bold.

Nina Ricci top, Nina Ricci skirt, Theory top, Pencey skirt.

For a fail-safe combination, start with stripes. They will take on a neutral role as you add a floral or animal print. Dare to try two florals? The rule of thumb is to make sure the base colors (in this case, white) and the feel of the florals (watercolor) are the same.

Malene Birger top, Malene Birger pants, Alice + Olivia tank, Ellery shorts.

Polka dots function similarly to stripes as an outfit anchor. As long as the feel and cut of the fabrics are the same, graphic prints with florals always work together. For more advanced print mixers, matching separates are huge right now. Stripes on stripes are not for the fainthearted, but if you stick to the same designer you can’t go wrong.

—Elle

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