How to make mixed prints wearable

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SCARF-PRINT dress, blue striped sailor skirt

The season’s runways were awash in prints. Floral patterns like dandelions and daisies bloomed at Valentino and Bottega Veneta. Dots dominated the Reem Acra and Jason Wu collections. Stripes were key at Dolce and Gabbana, Moschino  and Marc Jacobs.

SM Girls Teens Wear Department has tips on how to mix prints and make them wearable, bold, but not too flashy.

Stay in the same color family. This will help you coordinate them better and keep the look bold yet not over-the-top. Start with neutral colors; when you’re more confident with mixing prints, try brighter colors.

Scale is very important when mixing prints; these should be of the same scale or size in order to look good together. Start with simpler prints like stripes and polka dots, and then go for bolder and more complex prints.

FLORAL printed leggings, black-and-white Breton top.

Throw in a solid color into the outfit when mixing up prints to make the look more wearable. It can be a printed top and a blazer or vice versa, printed pants, and a printed top with a solid blazer. Options are limitless.

When mixing intricate patterns, it helps to keep one of the prints in a neutral hue, and the other in bright.

Accessories matter. A printed shoe worn with a matching pair of tights is quirky and fun.

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