When done right, print mixing can truly transform an outfit into the coolest thing to walk the streets. The concept melts together the perfect amounts of fearlessness, quirk and imagination, for results that are meant to be equal parts outstanding and inspiring. As far as the styling technique goes, it’s the easiest thing in the world for some, and a real struggle for others.

And while a great instinct and an eye for prints are a definite plus when seeking to clash the items together in perfect harmony, there are plenty of smart tricks out there that are ready to help you dip a toe in print mixing territory, the expert way.

Below: 11 easy ways to mix prints like a true street-style star.

If you’re just warming yourself up to the idea of mixing prints together, or you enjoy your prints in small doses, do choose a subdued pattern (much like a grid in neutral tones) to prevail in your outfit, and spice it up with some bold animalier accessories (a bag, a pair of shoes, or both).

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How to mix prints like an expert

If you love the concept of print mixing but you don’t trust your styling instincts when it comes to that, opt for a twin set that has the contrasting patterns already incorporated. Some smart inserts, or a subtle play on inverted colours can make all the difference.

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How to mix prints like an expert

Playing with contrasting prints of different scales is another way allowing you to successfully clash patterns. Think in terms of tiny polka dots and large hounds tooth checks for example, and a basic colour palette of black, white and red, meant to tie the prints together effortlessly.

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How to mix prints like an expert

If using the same pattern comes easier for you, do layer two of the same print together, inverting their colours and shifting their scale for added impact. If you’re feeling confident, throw a third print in the mix, but keep the colours perfectly coordinated.

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How to mix prints like an expert

Using the same pattern to create an eye-catching outfit can also be achieved by way of mixing together two contrasting palettes of colours. For example, if one of the items features black and white stripes, the other can use the same stripe pattern (in bigger, or smaller scale) but in navy and green, red and blue, or any other of your favorite colour combos.

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How to mix prints like an expert

When going for something bolder, like implementing a vibrant digital print into your outfit of choice, treat a black & white pattern like a basic colour. Keep the accessories in neutral tones as well, for a fearless, yet cohesive look.

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How to mix prints like an expert

Using two of the same print to build a one-of-a-kind outfit doesn’t imply going matchy- matchy. You can just choose a print family (plaids, florals, polka-dots, animalier) and mix any two belonging to the same category. Even if their colours are contrasting, they are bound to look good together.

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How to mix prints like an expert

If you do opt to go with two plaid (or any other) patterns that look a little bit too similar, break up the “overalls” effect with a belt in a contrasting print. Keep the colour palette cohesive.

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How to mix prints like an expert

If the prints of your choice share the same colour scheme, they’re instantly more approachable, thus easier to pair together. All the more when one of them acts as the dominant pattern, and the other appears as detailing on a blouse, a coat or a sweater.

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How to mix prints like an expert

Stripes and polka dots, checks and animal prints, or any other combination of patterns for that matter is more likely to make sense in an outfit, if rounded off with solid pieces in neutral tones, think in terms of classic, basic silhouettes, able to balance out the look.

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How to mix prints like an expert

For a beautiful effect that’s also easy to achieve, mix printed pieces featuring contrasting silhouettes, feminine versus masculine, tailored versus sporty etc; choose a plaid shirt and a pleated, floral skirt for example, but as always, keep the colour scheme looking perfectly cohesive.

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How to mix prints like an expert