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10 Ways to Wear Mixed Prints

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10 Ways to Wear Mixed Prints
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Pictured: Chanel model on the runway at the Chanel Spring/Summer Fashion Show for 2013

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Fashion designers have been playing at mixing prints in ensembles for years, but in the last few years some designers, such as Marc Jacobs and Dries van Noten, have really embraced this trend, leaving many women to wonder whether or not they should try to wear mixed prints.

It's no wonder that women find mixed prints puzzling. It can be difficult enough to come up with a flattering outfit, and mixing prints, which is a high-fashion trend, seems puzzling at best and impossible at worst.

Luckily, wearing mixed prints certainly is not a "must-do" for a woman who wants to be considered stylish. Although women who have a trendy fashion personality will likely want to try wearing mixed prints, others may not, and that's totally OK because it's all too easy to make a fashion faux pas when it comes to mixing prints.

One thing mixed prints have in common when they're done well is that there's some sort of design element that ties the mixed-prints ensemble together. As with any application of a principle of design, there's a personal and subjective aesthetic that comes into play. What one person finds appealing may not be appealing to others.

If you're considering trying out the mixed-prints trend, it's worth taking a look at how designers interpret the trend. If you sew, it can be quite a bit easier to put together an outfit using mixed prints because fabric manufacturers often present collections of coordinated fabrics that include lots of prints, but even if you don't sew, you can get some ideas about how to mix prints by seeing how fashion designers approach this trend.

Petites need to be especially careful when wearing mixed prints because too much print can seem overwhelming on a short woman with a small frame. Wearing head-to-toe mixed prints isn't usually a good way to look thinner either (and thus look taller), so if you're a short woman who wants to wear mixed prints, be especially sensitive to proportions. You could try mixing prints just in a top, for example, or perhaps mixing prints in accessories, such as wearing a print scarf and carrying a print handbag. Here are ten ways to mix prints in fashion.

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