Fashion Trend: How to Mix Prints

Tired of the same old white T-shirt, skinny jeans and boots combo? Say no more! As practical as the basics in your closet may be, they’re exactly that ... basic (and let’s face it, kind of boring!). To add some oomph to your daily look and get out of that style rut for good, you’ll need to try mixed prints on for size. Whether you opt for eccentric zigzags, preppy plaid or whimsical dots, you’re sure to make a stellar first impression.

Master the basics of mixing and matching prints by checking out this chic and edgy runway-inspired look by Kelly Wearstler.

The Designer Look: For this week’s designer look for less, I referred to fashion designer Kelly Wearstler for inspiration. As I perused through Kelly’s fall 2012 collection on, the first thing that grabbed my attention was her bold prints and strong use of color. Not to mention all of the layering that occurred: skirts worn over acid wash jeans and, in one look, a cardigan layered over another cardigan. While the outfit above is not a mirror replica of Kelly Wearstler’s runway look, it certainly captures the spirit of her collection. The cream polka dot blazer, contrast-striped tank top, bleach hem leggings and classic silver pumps are all budget-friendly (nothing over $65) and create a fashion-forward and fierce ensemble. Not bad, considering the Gem Perspective Jacket and Mason Tar Blasted Pant together retail for over $700!

The Look for Less:
1. Retro Polka Dots Cream Blazer from Romwe, $62
2. Bleach Hem Denim Leggings from Topshop, $45
3. Cassie Tank from Alloy, $15
4. Olsenboye Invade Classic Pumps from JCPenney, $35

The Look for Less Total: $157

Style Tip: If you’re new to mixing and matching prints, I admit that it can be daunting. Determining which prints match and what colors complement one another is sometimes tricky. Once you overcome this scary feat, however, you’ve got it! When wearing print on print, there are a few things that I always consider. First off, I select prints that contain a similar color palette. As shown above in Kelly Wearstler’s runway look, the common hue appearing in the polka dot blazer and striped top is blue. Since printed-anything is more than enough to garner attention from the random passerby, there’s no need to go color-crazy as well. As for deciding which prints to pair together, I always keep one word in mind: contrast. Whether it’s combining a busy floral print with a more neutral one such as stripes, or trying out the same print in different scales (i.e. bold polka dots and minuscule specks), it’s completely possible to style an ensemble that is harmonious and fearless.

What’s your favorite runway collection this season? Leave a comment below and, who knows, maybe it’ll be incorporated into the next look for less!

By: Anjerika Wilmer | Images: Listed retail stores

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