If you thought prints were only reserved for warm weather, think again. Fall’s rich selection is telling us otherwise, with everything from vintage florals to heritage checks to whimsical polka-dots emblazoned on clothing, footwear and everything else. So what’s the of-the-moment way to wear these patterns, you ask? Mix them. Starting with one and offsetting with another, the clash of mismatched motifs reads playful, unexpected and fashion-forward. However, such combinations can often appear busy or messy when not done strategically. To help you pull off the trend like a true fashion girl, we’ve created three ensembles—each including two distinct patterns—you can don when you’re working, off-duty and enjoying an evening out. Score our tips ahead.
Stripes and checks are two classics that are both polished and wearable, making them perfect to combine for the office. Choose a striped top with smaller lines to wear with a houndstooth trouser to balance the size of the prints. Complete with a leather shoulder bag and strappy slingback heels.
A more low-key way to clash prints is via a clothing piece and shoes. Opt for this gorgeous silky floral-print bodysuit to team with a pair of dotted pumps. Throw them on with weekend staples like jeans, sunnies and cross-body bag. The result is feminine and cool.
Rock the mix for evening via a flirty strapless paisley number with a turtleneck layered underneath. Tote an abstract print mini bag next to it, and keep the rest of the look sleek and clean with black suede booties and a single statement earring.