Matchy-matchy Mismatch (mixing prints)

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Gone are the days when people used to stick to fashion rules. This era in fashion is all about being bold and individualistic. We don’t necessarily have to stick to within the same color family anymore and end up looking like everybody else. Bold strokes, primary hues, pretty pastels, vivid neons and mixed prints are all playing their part in the modern fashion phenomenon.

Mixing prints and “mismatching” shoes and accessories, are few of fashion’s riskiest trends, but if you pull it off, it can have a big payoff. Although it is quite tricky to assimilate a good mismatched look into an existing wardrobe, taking expert advice and can help you get a headstart with your new vogue. Here are a couple foolproof combinations that always work nicely together.

Polka Dots and Anything – thanks to its super casual yet ultra feminine look, it’s one of the easiest prints to pair. When rendered in neutral shades, they can be anchored to an otherwise bold look. The polka dot is a generous print worn with stripes, tweed, chevrons, florals and globals. Rummage through your closet for pieces that seem to clash with other prints and you will see how wonderfully they pair polka dots.

Stripes and Florals – already an emerging trend, this look can be easily stolen from style boards and fashionista blogs. Stripes is a neutralizer against floral prints. A unifying colored pair with a solid shoe can work you up on an instant quirky, adorable look.

Animal prints and Animal Prints – you’ve seen it on the runway, catalogues and on your favorite celebrity. To snag this ferocious, daring look, choose pairs that are complimentary and not too parallel. Look for one print that has a smaller pattern and another that is more striking. Keep your jewelry and accessories at a minimum.

When you’ve decided to put your chosen pieces together, don’t be afraid to incorporate your own style into it. You may get the best advice for this adventurous look but if you feel that you are pulling way too many stops to replicate your fashion icon, try reinventing another mismatched look by choosing colors that are more suited to your taste.

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