14 Outfits That Prove Pattern-Mixing Is Everything

Is your fashion game in a state of ennui? Put the excitement back in your look with our new style mantra: pile on the prints. See how below.

In our opinion, Miuccia Prada is a fashion pioneer. For as long as we can remember, she's been a creative force in the industry, and her collections for both Prada and Miu Miu always seem to drive not only the runway trends but street style, as well. Her recent Miu Miu resort range—complete with vibrant patterns and quirky graphics—is no exception and is enough inspiration for us to take a new approach to getting dressed. And by that we mean: pile on the prints.


The thought process itself is actually quite simple. When it comes to wearing patterns, more is more. First off, it's best to choose two prints in a similar color palette, so stay away from mixing neons with pastels or loud motifs with quiet ones. Secondly, when choosing a more vibrant pattern, make sure the silhouette is more traditional. Otherwise, you will venture into costume territory. Last but not least: don't be afraid to have a little fun. Isn't that what fashion is ultimately all about, anyway?

Read on for two weeks' worth of outfits to get your print-on-print style journey started.

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Gingham Style

A double dose of gingham is always a good idea, especially when the blouse is adorned with flowers and a feminine ribbon.

Floral-Flocked Gingham Blouse by Marc Jacobs, $365, matchesfashion.com; Gingham Cigarette Trousers, $75, topshop.com.

Mix Master

Play up the whimsical nature of Topshop Unique's colorful midi dress with Gucci's metallic-brocade loafers. The end result is pretty and cool at the same time.

Campion Midi Dress by Topshop Unique, $475, topshop.com; Princetown Fur-Lined Floral-Brocade Loafers by Gucci, $840, matchesfashion.com.
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Wild Child

Leopard, denim, and flowers are a trio that we can't resist. And the fact that this jacket is on sale makes everything even better.

Leopard Collar Cropped Denim Jacket by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $171, farfetch.com; Floral Print Trousers, $26, zara.com.

Cherry Baby

A red-leopard Chelsea boot adds an edge to a sweet cherry-print dress. Top off the look with a leather motorcycle jacket and you'll be ready to embrace the day.

Morgan Cherry-Print Short-Sleeved Dress by HVN, $665, matchesfashion.com; Belvoir Chelsea Boots by Topshop Unique, $370, topshop.com.
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Sunny Disposition

Opt for a look that's full-on ladylike with a quirky intarsia sweater from Alice & Olivia and a blue-and-white midi skirt that adds a touch of polish to the standout knitwear.

Stace Face Frida Intarsia Cotton Cardigan by Alice & Olivia, $400, netaporter.com; Printed Midi Skirt, $40, zara.com.

Garden State

Embrace fashion in full bloom with a patchwork floral dress from Topshop and contrasting flats by Rochas. Let's just say there is no such thing as flower overload.

Lattice Tie Back Dress, $92, topshop.com; Point-Toe Brocade Flats by Rochas, $490, matchesfashion.com.
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Carpe Denim

Looking for an easy way to make your boyfriend jeans more appropriate for work? Pair them with this long patterned blazer from Zara. You'll look more polished in an instant without sacrificing your personal style.

Long Printed Jacket, $60, zara.com; The Boyfriend Bandana-Print Low-Rise Jeans by Current/Elliott, $142, matchesfashion.com.

Hot Tropic

Miu Miu's purple pencil skirt calls for a not-so-serious sweater that reminds us all to have fun with fashion. Equipment's pineapple-printed number fits the bill to a T.

Shane Pineapple-Embroidered Sweater by Equipment, $268, matchesfashion.com; Wool and Cotton-Blend Jacquard Pencil Skirt by Miu Miu, $660, netaporter.com.
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Graphic Content

M.i.h's chevron miniskirt and Topshop Unique's patterned blouse couldn't be more different. When paired together, they prove that opposites definitely do attract.

Campion Blouse by Topshop Unique, $280, topshop.com; Chevron Suede Mini Skirt by M.i.h Jeans, $541, matchesfashion.com.

Tickled Pink

If you choose to wear Alice & Olivia's embroidered shorts, you're certain to stand out. If you choose to wear them with this Marni crocheted sweater, you'll get extra credit in the styling category.

Wool-Blend Crochet-Knit Sweater by Marni, $770, netaporter.com; Marisa Embroidered Stretch-Cotton Shorts by Alice & Olivia, $370, netaporter.com.
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