How To Wear Clashing Prints: The 6 Easy Tips To Follow

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Wearing clashing prints has always kind of terrified me, because I constantly have the worry in the back of my head that people are going to think I just made a terrible fashion mistake, and not know I am clashing on purpose. The thing is, though, if you want to try something bold and brave with your wardrobe, there’s actually nothing better than clashing clothes. It’s hard to know how to wear clashing prints, but over the years (mainly from keeping a close eye on all the most stylish sites out there — Net-A-Porter I'm looking at you) I have seen that how insanely cool and chic it can look. You just need to know where to start.

The main thing you should try to remember when clashing prints is that fashion is supposed to be about having fun, so wear what makes you feel good. However, if you need a little guidance, there are certain tips and tricks you can follow in order to nail clashing prints with ease. From layering outerwear to upping your accessory game, there are some go-to looks that will suit everyone and are super easy to follow.

If you’re not sure quite where to start, my top tips are below…

1. Wear it in one

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The easiest way to clash your prints? Buy a single piece that already features mixed prints in one. The Topshop Austin dress sold out extremely quickly, probably in part due to its excellent easy clashing. Until it re-stocks, there's a brilliant shirt version in the same print.

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2. Layer & use outerwear

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Probably the second easiest way to wear more than one print is to get your outerwear involved. Simply sport a patterned top or slip dress, and throw on a different printed jacket. Don't think about it too much, and just work whatever you have.

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3. Wear spots with stripes

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Not sure which prints are made to be clashed? An easy one is mixing a spotty piece with a stripey one. Just ensure there are different colours, textures and sizes going on to ensure effective clashing. Layering a slip dress with a polo is a great way to do this. See below for an example.

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4. Use accessories

The rule:

Clashing can be seriously intimidating. I get it. It's not always the easiest trend to pull off. If you're still not totally on board with giving clashing a go, start small and pair a printed bag with another printed dress, or wear a bright scarf with a vibrant top. You can start small, and build up you clashing confidence.

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5. Do it with swimwear

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It's about that time of year again when bikinis are starting to come back into shops. This summer, why not elevate your bikini look with a little clashing? Pair a printed swimsuit with a kaftan like the one below.

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6. Mix your florals

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Not into spots and stripes or animal print? The humble floral print is here to save the day. There are so many different types of floral, from modern, vibrant designs to classic watercolour styles. Mix and match to create the best clash.

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