Mixing prints can be tricky, but it can also be very chic (and wearable!) with the right balance between colors and patterns.
(Coral cardigan, www.topshop.com; floral blouse, www.net-a-porter.com; printed shorts, www.barneys.com; bag, shoes and accessories, www.shopstyle.com; Gossip Girl promo photo, www.screencrave.com; Milly Spring/Summer 2011 runway photo, www.styleite.com)
By sticking to a color scheme or combining complementary hues, you'll be able to keep your outfit looking clean and polished.
(Peony print silk shorts,www.topshop.com; striped long-sleeved tee, www.stylebop.com; floral top, www.net-a-porter.com; striped shorts, www.kohls.com; all shoes, bags and accessories, www.shopstyle.com; Jason Wu Spring 2011 runway photo, www.style.com)
Match subtle, simple prints with big, bold patterns to strike the perfect balance.
(Concert photo of the late Amy Winehouse, ladynoixdecoco.onsugar.com; Proenza Schouler Spring 2010 runway photo, www.harpersbazaar.com; polka dot top and cream belt, www.shopstyle.com; printed pencil skirt, www.topshop.com; striped oxford shirt, www.stylebop.com; animal print skirt, www.barneys.com; black belt, www.shopstyle.com)
For a smooth transition between pieces, use a belt in a color common to your top and bottom.
Finish off with accessories in neutral, solid tones to pull your outfits together, and you'll find that trying prints on prints isn't so difficult after all!