How To Mix Prints Without Looking Insane

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Too intimidated to tackle mixing prints in a serious way? Understood. Figuring out the best way to pair different patterns together into one cohesive, style-savvy outfit idea is easier said than done. Don’t worry: We’re here to help. Steal one (or all three) of these must-know tips from the recent runways of Miu Miu, Isabel Marant and Dries van Noten, and you’ll be mixing and matching your way to style success in no time—all without looking like you’ve gone crazy.

Wear To: The Office

Mixing and matching more than two patterns can be tricky, but it is totally doable. Our suggestion: Pair prints that share a similar accent color. The unifying hues in this quirky-cute look are white and black, so even though there's a lot going on, the pieces work together in harmony.

Miu Miu, Fall 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Get the look:

Striped Sweater

$345

Comme des Garcons

Checked Pencil Skirt

$60

Zara

Vivienne Leopard Coat

$293

Diane von Furstenberg

Wear To: Weekend Activities

Pairing a bold statement print with a smaller and more detailed one delivers fail-safe results. An outfit like this is perfect for weekend jaunts.

Isabel Marant, Fall 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Get the look:

Wool-Blend Cocoon Coat

$53

Mango

Layered Sheer Skirt

$345

Ulla Johnson

Wear To: Dinner & Drinks

Pieces that share the same base color—no matter what the print—are a match made in sartorial heaven. To pull off the look for a night out, reach for separates rooted in black or navy.

Dries Van Noten, Fall 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Get the look:

Ingrid Skirt

$2,288

Erdem

Metallic-Embroidered Top

$1,325

Prabal Gurung