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In today’s fast forward fashion world, it is commonplace to shatter sacred style rules; breaking fashion laws is considered nothing short of fashion itself. The latest London-inspired trend to blend contrasting prints is a case in point. Prints are ruling runways across the world and this is the best time to play with patterns and have some fun in the process. International designers are balancing mixed prints to create ensembles that effectively stand apart from the crowd, turning heads wherever they appear.

Even though carrying off mixed prints isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, this is not to say that you can’t ace this hot fashion trend. All you need to remember is that when mixing prints, there are certain things you should keep in mind to avoid that much dreaded fashion faux pas. To make it simpler, here are 3 easy tips to consider when blending mixed prints:

1. Keep it simple

If you’re trying to blend prints for the first time, add one printed element to an overall solid appearance. A solid piece of clothing can be paired with most prints. The easiest trick in the book is to use simple stripes – both big or small will do. Not only do stripes blend easily but they also neutralize the complete look. An off-shoulder top like the one pictured above by Cover Story India, paired with black leggings exudes a well-arranged look. Pro Tip – Your bag can add a much-needed oomph factor to your overall look. Browse through handbags online to elevate your ensemble.

2. Be mindful of colour tones

Expert advice is clear – when blending prints, don’t move away from the colour family. As long as the colour tones are complimentary, it is easy to mix different prints - you can seamlessly blend floral prints with stripes, unless the colours don’t match. Instead of matching neon or ultra bright colours, pair vibrant tones with relatively natural colours such as beige, gray or brown.

3. Scale is key

Pay attention to the scale of the prints. If all the prints you use are of the same scale, the final outfit will be lifeless and unappealing. Alternatively, match a large print with one that is less dominating. Also take into consideration the technique of the print – a digital patterned shirt does not go well with brush-stroked patterns. Another important tip you need to keep in mind is that bigger prints attract more attention and if you want to go for a more classic appeal, you should opt for small prints.

As mixed prints are catching the fashion world by storm, you shouldn’t be left behind. The aforementioned tips will come handy when experimenting with prints but most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

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