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Here are 3 easy rules to help you start print mixing it up!
Rule no. 1 Keep it in the same colour family: Although power clashing is completely acceptable of late and can look ah-mazing if you have the personality to pull it off, I recommend you start experimenting by keeping your prints in similar colour families. This doesn't mean your prints need to match completely or have all the same hues involved, but try to look for palettes that echo one another. At bare minimum, ensure at least one colour repeats in both prints.
Rule no. 2 Play with scale: This has nothing to do with your weight ladies, but rather the size of print you choose. While prints of the same scale can work, it's easier to get start playing with opposites. Pair your larger scale prints with smaller prints. It will add a little more interest to your ensemble.
Rule no. 3 When in doubt go with a classic: If you're trying to tone down one of the season's bolder prints, head to your wardrobe essentials and dig out a classic pattern like gingham, stripes, or polka dots, keeping the previous two rules in mind. These classic patterns are simpler in design and act a little like neutrals in the world of mixed prints so they'll work with even the wildest graphic print. If you're a more conservative dresser, or have to be for work, mixing two classic prints together is a great way to try this trend without turning too many heads.
Easing your way in: Printed accessories are the easiest way to build up your print mixing skills. A shoe or scarf with a strong pattern will make a great impact in contrast to a printed shirt or pant. Work up to mixing a printed bottom with a blazer or cardi that's also got print while keeping the shirt underneath in a solid, unifying colour or neutral. Once your confidence is high or if you're brave at heart from jump, wear your prints top to bottom and test out new combinations with 3 or maybe even 4 different prints at the same time. If you stick to the rules you won't go wrong.
-- Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert.