Try Fall’s Print-Mixing Trend With Tips From Art Effect

Chicago Style & Beauty: Try Fall’s Print-Mixing Trend|Groupon

Stripes and florals. Plaid and camo. Houndstooth and stripes. As temperatures cool, it’s natural to layer on more clothes, but this season, it’s also about layering patterns. Many women look at this trend with trepidation, but according to Melissa Stone, digital-media director of Lincoln Park boutique Art Effect, it shouldn’t be so intimidating. The best way to ease into the look? “Choose a color story that’s similar,” she says, layering a navy and white striped T-shirt from Clu Too beneath this plaid shirt by Jachs Girlfriend. “The blue of the [plaid] shirt picks up again in the tee underneath.” She also paired camo pants with a black and green striped top, as modeled below by store employee Stephanie Miranda.

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Michael Stars tank ($68) | Sanctuary pants ($128)

Still unsure? Another simple way to “add oomph,” Melissa says, is to throw on a patterned accessory, such as a scarf.

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Clu Too dress ($118) | Banaris scarf ($95, available in-store) | necklace ($38, available in-store) | KGB Black Label crossbody bag ($110, available in-store)

If you’re already a pattern-mixing master, try something a bit more adventurous: mixing patterns of different scales. For example, try pairing wide stripes with a small floral print, or conversely, a skinny stripe with a larger floral print. Melissa noted that this look, also modeled by Stephanie, would be fall-ready with the addition of tights and boots.

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John & Jenn sweater ($130, available in-store) | ella moss skirt ($118, available in-store)

Photo: © Timothy Burkhart, Groupon