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There is undeniably so much level of excellence depicted by those who create and promote high fashion. Speaking of excellence, one of which, is the ability to mix and match prints without needing to create a fashionable disaster. Whether it is an animal print and floral print or windowpane print and plaid print, the following outfits would prove to you that pulling off printed ensembles are totally doable. Follow these simple rules so you too can pull it off in an effortless manner.

Consider the silhouettes you are matching.
A silhouette is what you see in a dress at one glance. When mixing and matching prints, it’s very much necessary that you “pay rapt attention” to their silhouette. The whole idea is to ensure that silhouettes do not dominate the graphics/prints.
 Then only can you begin the process of matching.

Match and mix colors, not prints.
This is probably the most important tip to put into consideration. It’s vague to say match colours and not prints because obviously, this article is subjected to prints. But let’s face it, you cannot talk about prints and not talk about colours.
Colours are the very fundamentals that you would definitely look out for when selecting prints you’d love to ensemble. There are two ways to achieve this. It’s either you match different prints with the same or similar colours, or you match different prints with different colours, hence giving you a very sophisticated look.

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Redefine your look with a solid colour base.
A plain white crew neck t-shirt tucked into a floral print palazzo pant isn’t a bad idea you know. The white crew neck t-shirt acts a solid colour base to break up the floral print palazzo pant. Also, taking a particular colour grade from your print could suggest the solid colour base to be used. There just has to be synergy between your colour base and print.
Let’s assume you are to wear a green and black plaid patterned kimono, and you still can’t wrap your head around what ensemble would complement the plaid patterned kimono. You are left with no option but to add a solid color base to your overall outfit. Now, I am sure you would ask  what solid colour base am I to use then?”. The answer is not farfetched. Since the kimono has two colours, you would be left to decide what colour hits the most; Green or Black. Once you have chosen your preferred colour, you then decide if this colour would be at the upper or lower torso.
Obviously, a pair of denim shorts would look great at the lower torso.
Now that the lower torso is settled, you then decide if a green turtle neck shirt or a crew neck shirt or just a green cropped top would be great for the upper torso.
Just play around the idea of adding a solid colour base to your prints.
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Accessorize with Prints
Accessories can be categorized into two general areas; those that are carried, and those that are worn. It would be obsolete if after matching and mixing your prints, you do not accessorize. To be very honest, accessories tend to leave a mark of perfection into your overall ensemble. But for the sake of the subject in this context, any fashion accessory would not just do.
We live in a fashion generation where almost all accessories are printed/patterned. From printed sunglasses, to printed umbrellas, to printed wristwatches…the list goes on and on.
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Practice Makes Perfect
Now that you have understood the concept of mixing and matching prints, I encourage you to keep implementing these hacks and tricks into your everyday fashion escapades.
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