In an age of max­i­mal­ism, throw cau­tion (and your polka-dots and pin­stripes) to the wind and go for a re­bel­lious mix of prints, the clashier the bet­ter. Here’s how to com­bine the un­like­li­est of pat­terns…

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com­bine the un­like­li­est of pat­terns

Rule #1: Take it all

There’s no pat­tern hi­er­ar­chy, as each print has its place. From leop­ard-print to ging­ham, flo­rals and tar­tan, your look’s au­to­mat­i­cally en­hanced with the ad­di­tion of one (or two, or three) con­trast­ing prints.

Rule #2: Keep it clas­sic

Opt for patterned gar­ments in clas­sic shapes, like a but­ton-up shirt or high-waisted trousers. A time­less sil­hou­ette will en­sure wardrobe longevity and en­able you to rein­vent the look with styling switch-ups in sea­sons to come.

Rule #3: Avoid a fam­ily feud

While we’re all for bor­row­ing from dif­fer­ent print tribes, stick­ing to the same fam­ily can also cre­ate a visual feast. Ging­ham, tar­tan, tat­ter­sall and plaid are all checks and work won­der­fully to­gether.

Rule #4: More is more

Dare to ap­proach your out­fit with the get­ting-dressed-inthe-dark men­tal­ity, choos­ing pieces from op­po­site ends of the colour spec­trum.

Rule #5: Ac­ces­sorise, but be wise

Keep your ac­ces­sories sim­ple to ground your look and avoid over­shad­ow­ing your pick of prints. Think leather ba­sics, white sneak­ers or clas­si­cally shaped sun­glasses.

Dress, R1 250, and Skirt, R950, both Kisua; Bag, R1 099, Zara

Bag, R859, Zara Shoes, R11 800, Gucci

Shoes, R4 370, Pretty Bal­leri­nas

Ear­rings, R859, Zara

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