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10th Jan 2013

Throw Out The Fashion Rule Book! Top Tips For Mixing Your Prints

Once considered a fashion faux pas this season there are so many patterns around you’re going to have to adopt a 'more the merrier' attitude if you are to get any wear out of your wardrobe.

This classic rule has gone rogue! Mixing prints, patterns and textures give you free reign to put a creative spin on your usual threads. So break out your pattern pieces and have some fun.

Let’s face it, mixing prints is a tricky trend but one of the easiest ways to keep your mixed prints looking chic instead of well let’s face it, a little crazy, is to keep them in the same colour family. You don’t have to go with prints in all the same shade but having a central colour palette will help your prints complement each other rather than clash.

An easy way to mix up the prints is by matching big prints with smaller ones for a strong style statement. Top Tip: Florals and stripes work surprisingly well together. There is something about the contrast of a busy print matched with a simpler more basic one like thin stripes that really works.

We love the combo of stripes with the polka dots peeking out under this girl’s jumper

Fashionista’s fave leopard print is now almost considered a neutral, making it a great choice to style with other prints. Wearing the same print together like polka dots in different colour ways or sizes is an easy peasy way to get the look. Or use printed accessories – bags or shoes – to dip your toe into the trend and give your style some sass.

Now we don’t want to dampen your creativity but when you start first putting outfits together try two prints to begin. If you’re feeling brave you can throw a third into the mix. But four or more is only asking for trouble!

The most important thing you need when trying this trend is confidence. People will notice and more than likely comment on your new style so make sure you have the attitude to pull it off.

Have you successfully mixed your prints in an outfit recently? Tell us in the comments below.