Trend Note: Paired-Up Prints

We’re loving mixing prints right now. Combining unexpected pieces—that you may already own—looks so fresh and extends the versatility of your wardrobe (bonus!). We know some trends can seem a little daunting at first. One reader recently asked, “But how do I get into the mixed-print trend without looking like I’m wearing my great aunt’s crazy quilt?” Read on for a few basic tips and the best ways to mix and match your patterns and prints.

MICHAEL Michael Kors: Striped Tee and Pleated Maxi Skirt

1. Go Bold. Big graphics make a big statement. Keeping one or two of the colors the same in your patterned top and bottom helps ground the look.

Taylor Dresses Midi Fit & Flare

2. Palatable Punch. Multiple patterns in the same color family flirt with this trend but remain subtle and perfectly wearable for any warm-weather occasion.

Vince Camuto Print Shift

3. Global Glam. Animal and exotic prints are modern, fun and give a nod to your wild side. Not to mention, like the second look above, all the work is done for you in one pattern-paired summer dress.

Pleione Blouse | Hinge Embroidered Skirt | Hinge Striped Lace Tee

4. Versatile Value. Get the most out of your closet and use one piece two different ways. A dark grounding shade keeps it all coordinated. Dress separates up or down for brunch with your girls or a walk in the park—it’s a casual look, but it’s got definite cachet.

kate spade new york print dress and handbags | A.J. Morgan Sunglasses | Caslon Shorts

5. Dip Your Toe In. Not convinced you’re ready to take the print plunge? Try out the trend with accessories; a printed handbag or sunglasses can update a gorgeous patterned dress or laid-back shorts without a big commitment.

Jeff Powell