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Prints are popping! Here's how to mix 'em without looking messy

Styled Seattle's Darcy Camden's guidelines for mixing this season's wild prints so you'll look #fabulous not #hotmess

SEATTLE — Styled Seattle's Darcy Camden is all about the new trend for fall, mixing wild prints. With her advice, you'll be confident enough to go big and bold!  

Darcy’s tips for mixing prints

  1. Stick within a color palette of 2-4 colors. The goal is always for your outfit to look intentional and planned, not messy or haphazard. A repetition of the same few colors always feels very curated. If you’re just starting out, working with a controlled color palette is always more manageable. 
  2. Work with cozy, comfortable garments and fabrics. If the look itself feels bold and different—even a little scary!—make things easier on yourself by selecting things that feel good. Trust me, a complicated outfit that is uncomfortable to wear will only collect dust. 
  3. Layer with texture. Look for wardrobe staples (blazers, slacks) with interesting texture, like a soft tweed or a subtle check or stripe pattern. Subtle, textural patterns pair really well with larger, bolder prints. 
  4. Ground your look with a solid color shoe or boot. It always helps to anchor an intricate outfit with a solid color shoe.
  5. Don’t over-accessorize. Let the mixed prints stand alone and resist the urge to over-adorn yourself. A bold outfit doesn’t need a statement necklace or lots of layered jewelry. Keep it simple, let the clothes take center stage.

How to get started 

Start with something you already own and love. Most of us have something in a pattern hanging in our closet—a plaid jacket, a striped blouse, a floral skirt. Take something you like into a store you like and ask for help! Say, "I’m experimenting with mixing prints. I own this jacket, I usually wear it with all black, what else could I do?" And see what they suggest! Style is like Tasting Food. You never know if you like something until you try it.

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