Sometimes there's a good reason fashion rules exist. For instance, it's important to find silhouettes that work for your body type, and it always works when you stay true to your personal style. But others can (and oftentimes should) be broken. And a rule fashion editors always break is also one of the latest cool-girl trends: mixing clashing prints.
Since clashing prints is a tricky trend, we wanted to find out how to make it work and went straight to the source by asking Who What Wear's editors, who are experts on the topic. Ahead, they're sharing their advice for pulling it off and the exact pieces they wear. Whether your style is minimal or maximal, there are sure to be some looks you'll want to replicate. Want to see their outfit pairings?
Keep reading to see how fashion editors wear clashing prints and shop their outfit picks.
"For me, it's typically trial and error when it comes to mixing prints, but I'd say it's key to stick with similar materials so your look has some sort of thought. For example, I could see myself pairing the below silk pieces together." —Michelle Scanga, managing editor
The perfect counterpart to a polka-dot skirt.
This high-waisted skirt looks great with a crop top.
"I love the combination of stripes and florals. Not only is it easy on the eyes, but it's a no-brainer to style because it works every time." —Nicole Akhtarzad, market editor
Style a floral top with stripes.
You can also style these striped trousers with a blouse for a breezy summer day.
"I get nervous mixing prints because I'm not typically a 'loud' dresser, so for me, it's all about choosing one that's more neutral. For example, a pinstripe is easy to style with a floral or leopard because it's so understated." —Aemilia Madden, editor
Menswear is guaranteed to be a major trend this fall.
Pair backless loafers with this slip dress.
"This cute jumpsuit boasts pre-mixed prints, so it's a foolproof way to test-drive the trend—no work required!" — Erin Fitzpatrick, news editor
Instead of mixing prints with two separates, try a piece that already has contrasting prints.
“When mixing prints, it always works to stick to a consistent color scheme and also play with texture. This plaid Helmut Lang miniskirt has a more structured feel against Carven’s airy floral top.” —Kristen Nichols, associate editor
Try this skirt with mules in the summer of over-the-knee boots for fall.
Style this skirt with a white T-shirt and sneakers for the weekend.
"I love treating stripes like a solid when it comes to print mixing. The pattern acts as a great jumping-off point for a print that's a little wilder like this bold floral/bird-infested frenzy on the Etro blazer." —Lauren Eggertsen, associate editor
Style a blazer with high-waisted denim and heels.
Layer a silk dress over denim for a fashion-forward look.
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