Naturally when spring rolls around, brightly colored clothing and pastel printed fabrics dominate store shelves—almost uniforms for the season. So what is a girl to do when she wants to break away from the fashion pack? Mix it up with mixed prints! J. Crew, Stella Jean, Proenza Schouler and Rodarte were a few of the many designers who played with prints, mixing unlikely fabric combos within their S/S 2013 lines. Contrasting patterns not only look super  chic, but make each piece pop that much more. Wearing mixed prints is also a great way to rework your closet and breathe new life into old clothes.  With punchy prints, just be sure to keep silhouettes simple, wear complimentary colors, and consider the size and proportion of each print.

Get inspired from our top 3 Mixed Print Match-Ups!

Stripes and FloralsStipes and Florals

J. Crew Factory Colorblock Stripe Boatneck Tee

Matthew Williamson Floral-print Silk Pants

Leopard & Polka Dot 

Leopard and Polka Dot

Topshop Animal Print Strapless Bralet

Jonathan Saunders Axel Polka-Dot Stretch-Cotton Twill Pencil Skirt

Snake & Paisley 

Snakeskin and Paisley

A | Wear Lux Peplum Top

Vince Camuto Ornate Paisley Pencil Skirt

How do you prefer to play with colors: print-mixing or colorblocking?

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