How to Mix Prints the Fashion-Girl Way

As much as we love the idea of mixing prints, we tend to leave this trend on the runway rather than sporting it IRL. However, after scrolling through our Instagram feeds and seeing the latest street style outfits, we’re finding that power print clashing isn’t nearly as intimidating as it looks—all it takes is a little confidence (which we know you, dear reader, already have).

Whether you’re just starting out by mixing the basics, like stripes and florals, or are looking for a whole new realm of sartorial inspiration, no one sets the example quite like the fashion set. Take a cue from the It girls who have mastered the print-mixing trend and you’ll learn everything from how to wear varying floral pieces at once to how to mix your plaids with your animal prints. Keep reading to see how our favorite fashion girls are pulling off print mixing for fall, and get ready to feel inspired.

Go ahead—sport an argyle sweater with colorful pair of plaid pants.

Give a polka-dot suit some pop with a bright striped sweater.

Play into your love of flowers and wear a floral-print blouse with a floral-detail skirt.

A pair of beige plaid pants will act as a neutral, allowing you to wear it with any sort of top.

Go all-out with your print mixing and sport a pair of logo tights with a printed sweater.

You'd be surprised how versatile these are.

If you haven't noticed, animal print is everywhere this fall. Mixing different ones together only makes sense.

Now's the time to get a leopard-print skirt, if you haven't already.

Tried and true: You can definitely wear contrasting florals with each other.

Dress this down with a pair of jeans on the weekend.

If you're already wearing two animal-print pieces, tie it all together with a bright and vibrant skirt.

For $40, we're definitely on board with this top.

You're about to see snake print everywhere.

Or, you can pair two classic prints with each other for a timelessly chic ensemble.

When styling a print that acts as a neutral, such as gingham, you can wear a bolder print like hearts with it.

You can also work with tonal styling, wearing two contrasting prints that are similar in color.

Style these with a graphic tee for that cool-girl look.

Now you're about to become a master of the trend, too.