How to mix prints like a proLC Lauren Conrad Mix Print Midi Dress in Pink, $64

It may seem intimidating, but mixing patterns is definitely easier than you think. While there are certainly ways to do it wrong, it’s not too hard to get it right. For instance, mixing one smaller pattern with one bigger pattern, and make sure the colors complement each other! But for those of us who don’t like to mix pieces, thankfully, there is even a variety of single pieces available that do the hard work for you. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite print-mixing pieces and outfits. No more guesswork required! Take a peek below for six outfit formulas that will make print-mixing a piece of cake…

How to mix prints in fashion

LC Lauren Conrad Tiered Halter Top in Rosewood, $40 + LC Lauren Conrad Cuffed Jean Shorts in Dark Wash Denim, $44

We love this top because it makes pattern mixing as simple as can be! Instead of mixing items, the patterns on this top speak for themselves. Pair it with simple shorts for an easy yet chic look.

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How to mix patterns in fashion

LC Lauren Conrad Mix Print Midi Dress in Pink, $64 + Hat Attack Big Brim Sunhat in Toast, $90 + LC Lauren Conrad Firefli Sandals in Nude, $24.99

This dress is perfect for achieving your pattern mixing in one fell swoop. The colors are neutral and the patterns are subtle yet fun. Pair with a floppy sunhat and casual sandals for a casual date night outfit.

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How to mix prints like a pro

LC Lauren Conrad Bell Sleeve Tee in Stripes, $44 + J. Crew High-Waisted Short in Postcard Print, $59.50

Horizontal stripes go well with a variety of patterns, but these fun shorts are perfect with the subtle color of this top. Your shorts-and-a-tee ensemble just got way better.

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How to mix prints in your wardrobe

LC Lauren Conrad Pleated Top in Norah Daisy, $36 + J. Crew Tie-Waist Short in Billie Stripe, $88

A great way to mix patterns is to stay within the same color family. Since these shades of blue complement each other so well, the differing patterns still coordinate and create a monochromatic look. Also, notice how well the tiny stripe contrasts with the bigger flowers… Print mixing at its finest!

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Mixing prints in your wardrobe

Paper Crown Saguaro Top in Poppy Print, $135 + Paper Crown Namib Shorts in Salsa Stripe, $165

You may think that shorts this bold require a neutral top, but that’s simply not the case. The top is simple enough to pair with just about anything, and the colors in the flowers are perfect with the red stripe of the shorts! This outfit makes looking stylish a breeze.

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mixing prints in fashion

Ted Baker London Lealla Border Print Shift Dress, $265 + LC Lauren Conrad Shimmer Sandals in Nude, $49.99

This dress is another easy way to mix patterns without trying too hard (or wearing too many pieces!). Pair it with a dressed-up pair of sandals for an instantly chic style.

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Will you be adding any of these ensembles to your wardrobe?

Have any tips of your own? Tell us how you like to mix patterns in the comments below.

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