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Fashion Tips: How to Mix Prints

mixing prints

For this week's Monday Mingle, we're talking about mixing prints. Let's take the concept slow. Because you don't want to jump into this trend cold. Not everyone is ready to mix it up ala Tory Burch read her instructions on mixing prints here (love you Tory!) on the first try:


So my advice is to start by layering in printed accessories. I combined a stripe shoe and a basketweave dress. By adding the striped shoe, the otherwise classic an proper dress gets a little edgy, fresh and fun.

When you feel like this is too easy of a fashion challenge, then it's time to take on Tory and mix up layers on top.

print wrap dress

Talbots sent me this dress a while ago and it's become a travel favorite. Diane Von Furstenberg made this style so popular in the 70s. I don't think the wrap will over truly be out. Flattering to all (you just have to pick the right color and print) a wrap belongs in every closet. I took it to a wedding shower in DC and it was a smash hit. All you have to do when you get it out of the suitcase is give it a quick shake and viola! wrinkle-free (good thing since I cannot iron). I added a striped open-toe pump I had from J.Crew (here's a fun beaded heel I also love from J. Crew).

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I also wanted to add a necklace, but I wasn't happy when I layered silver chains on top. So I grabbed this chunky geometric Coldwater Creek green DECO necklace. I liked the way everything popped. I didn't even know Coldwater Creek made jewelry. Again, this was something that was sent to me unsolicited. It sat in the "IN" pile for a while before inspiration struck. Which just goes to show...never throw out accessories. They don't take up much space and can really elevate your look.

statement necklace

Monday Mingle is a fashionable collaboration between me, Jill from Glamamom and Kristin from BonBonRoseGirls. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. Today I get to play host. We rotate each week. Everyone is invited!

Now since I'm hosting, you know I want to share a good prize. Today I'm going into the vault to share this great convertible clutch bag from DKNY.

DKNY bag giveaway

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Momtrends was not paid for this post. We do get most of the samples that we show as gifts. Giveaway details: Winner must be 18 years or older and a US Resident. No purchase necessary. Winner will be notified via email with the specifics on how to claim their prize. Contest ends 5/3/13 at Midnight EST. Winners will be picked by By entering this contest, you will automatically be signing up for the Momtrends newsletter.

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