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4 Chic Ways to Play with Prints This Fall


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The chicest way to up your autumn-inspired wardrobe? Pattern Play. But not just any old print on print pairing will do. In order to look polished (and not like you got dressed in the dark) you’ll need to know the basics to blending prints and patterns. We looked to the purveyors of all-things-print, Johnny Was to share the most important styling do’s and don’ts.

As their SVP of Design, Theresa McAllen says, “prints are a great way to give a one-of-a-kind appeal to your look because everyone wears them differently.” So, start planning your sophisticated and tonal takes on classic printed pieces now. Here’s how to mix prints like a pro:

Tone it Down

Not sure if your prints go well with one another? The key to finding an aesthetically appeasing combo is pairing prints that fall within the same family—florals with florals, polka dots with polka dots, stripes with stripes, etc. This fall’s most prominent print family? Feminine and bold florals will reign supreme.

Build Around a Base Color

If you’re not ready to plunge into the print-on-print deep end, start by layering your bold printed piece over a solid base. Black is timeless and chic choice, providing the perfect backdrop to really showcase your stand-out piece. Black and white pieces with a simple print also work well to offset a particularly bold pattern.

Mix Textures Too

Fall is all about living that layered life. What better way to accept the start of sweater weather than to use it as an excuse to play with prints! To make a big impact without being too bold, choose complimentary patterns in different textures. A leather jacket over a silk top, a cashmere sweater under a suede coat, it all works.

Pair Frilly Florals with Geometrics

It might go against everything the outdated rules of fashion have told you (reminder—white after Labor Day is acceptable), but pairing feminine florals with modern, geometric patterns is totally trendy. The best part—this fashion-forward duo makes a daytime statement that transforms into a trendy nighttime getup, with the simple switch of your shoes.

Start upgrading your fall wardrobe today with Johnny Was. Shop in-store at KOP or online at johnnywas.com.