Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro

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Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
1. Choose one dominate print

Your dominate print can determine lots of other factors in your look, such as color palette and texture. Image: Suburban Faux Pas

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
2. Consider your neutrals

The simpler the prints, the easier they are to mix. Which is why stripes go with everything. They're so simple, they're pretty much the neutral of all prints. Image: Stitch Fix Blog

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
3. Ground your prints/patterns with a solid color

If print-on-print-on-print is just too much for you, that's fine! Just layer in some solid-colored clothes and accessories to calm things down and ground your look. If the print/pattern has black using this is fool proof method. Image: White Coat Wardrobe

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
4. Pair patterns that are in the same style category

Stripes, checks, polka-dots, and florals all exist in the preppy style category and thus are more likely to go together. Just like flowy textures like linen, eyelets, and paisley patterns would go together for a bohemian look. Image: Pink Avenue

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
5. Mix prints that have several colors in common or monochromatic qualities

Pulling together pink on pink prints is a great example of how this work. They have a similar color family and thus makes it easy to see how they can relate. Image: Jay Miranda

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
6. Use accessories to break things up

An accessory like a belt can add the perfect neutral divide between two prints, so let it. Other accessories that will work are printed shoes, and scarfs. Image: Roots and Feathers

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
7. Textures count as pattern

If you have a leather skirt, you can certainly pair this with softer fabrics and prints like cashmere, silk, and tinsel to create more interest and style Image: Everything Curvy and Chic

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
8. Only one animal print per outfit

Of course, more than one animal print has been done on the runway, but for everyday fashion, things can get a little too busy. Choose one and give it try with only one other pattern. I like to start things with a stripe or floral. Image: Grasie Mercedes

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
9. Inverse your colors

Using scale and inverted patterns is always a great way to mix things as well. If you have a black and white stripe pair it with a white and black stripe, then add a pop of color to brighten things up. Image: Kat and Mo

Go Ahead Mix those Stars and Stripes like a Pro
10. Use the exact same pattern in a larger or smaller scale

Try finding prints that are the exact same pattern in different sizes to pair with one another. This will keep the look within the same color palette and show that you're having fun with it! Image: Fashion for Giants

You’re always told how the chicest look is head to toe black. Even Anna Wintour abhors this trend so I’m here to offer up some year-round style advice to up your style game and help shake you out of that comfort zone.

For years the most avant-garde celebrities have been mixing prints, patterns and textures to keep your eyes interested. I’m not talking Kim Kardashian here, I”m talking Betsy Johnson, Diane Von Furstenberg, or Vivienne Westwood. Now it’s your turn, here are 10 tips to get you mixing, so go ahead and pair those stars with your stripes! It’s time to shop your closet for a new look!

Jamila Taylor

World traveler, strategic planner, stylist, and food enthusiast. Jamila loves to travel the world tasting new flavors, and exploring local cultures. When she’s not traveling on her magic carpet she’s helping small businesses through her boutique consulting firm, Enjoy the Day Consulting. Follow her travels @justjamila

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