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The Fashion-Girl-Approved Prints You Need In Your Wardrobe

… and how to wear them.

Let’s face it – maximalism is the new minimalism, and there’s never been a better time to say ‘sup’ to prints.

Word on the street (style) is, a checked blazer is the new black blazer – and you’ll earn extra points for wearing a matching mini skirt (think 90s supermodel/Clueless vibes). Plaid, gingham, polkadots, stripes and leopard are the prints du jour – the trick is knowing which pieces to go for and how to style them.

But don’t stress – this doesn’t mean you should do away with your black, white and grey just yet. These ‘safe’ colours make it simple to ease your way into wearing colour by way of layering.

If the thought of wearing anything but all-black is super scary, try wearing just one printed item to give a minimal outfit a modern twist (e.g. polka dots and gingham tops will instantly add French vibes to your denim pieces).

Whether you’re ready to go all out in plaid pants, or you’re just dipping your toes in (to a printed slingback at the weekend), we’ve found nine outfit combos below that nail prints.

Keep scrolling and you’ll see what we mean ;).

Carmen is wearing (lead image): Tibi blazer (similar) and skirt, Vetements shirt (similar shape), OFF-WHITE handbag.

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OUTFIT #1

Plaid is back (in a big, big way). Pair it with a cute tee, then spice it up with a patent mini.

Theory
WOOL BLAZER
OUTFIT #1

A.P.C.
Downtown Los Angeles printed cotton-jersey T-shirt

SARA BATTAGLIA
Crinkled faux patent-leather mini skirt

OUTFIT #2

This top makes a seriously good case for polkadots for grown ups. A chunky set of gold hoops will look amazing with bare shoulders, while wide-leg jeans keep it casual.

CAROLINE CONSTAS
off-the-shoulder cotton top
OUTFIT #2

M.I.H JEANS
Caron high-rise wide-leg jeans

KENNETH JAY LANE
Gold-tone hoop earrings

OUTFIT #3

We're all about a great pant at COH, but these checkered ones aren't great - they're next level! Pair them with a logo tee (this one is the best thing since sliced bread), and clash prints (in a subtle way) with leopard sling backs.

LOEWE
Toast printed stretch-cotton T-shirt
OUTFIT #3

PETAR PETROV
Houndstooth wool wide-leg pants

Ganni
Slingback pumps

OUTFIT #4

A leopard print mini sounds... well... a bit scary. But when worn with a boxy dark denim jacket it's tres chic. Add a touch of red with your earrings for extra brownie points!

ALEXACHUNG
Oversized denim jacket
OUTFIT #4

MAJE
Leopard-print brushed-felt mini skirt

ROKSANDA
EMBROIDERED RESIN EARRING

OUTFIT #5

If you're not quite ready to commit to prints just yet, test it out with a cute pair of gingham slides (worn with your favourite timeless staples of course!)

ELIZABETH AND JAMES
Norman cotton-blend poplin shirt
OUTFIT #5

A.P.C.
Sailor cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans

NO. 21
Knotted gingham twill sandals

OUTFIT #6

If you thought gingham couldn't possibly be sexy - think again. This off the shoulder dress + drop earrings + a cute clutch = fiyahhh.

CAROLINE CONSTAS
Appolonia off-the-shoulder shirred gingham cotton mini dress
OUTFIT #6

CULT GAIA
Ark mini acrylic clutch

OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Mini Impatiens beaded clip earrings

OUTFIT #7

Stripes are another easy (and safe!) way to get involved with prints. Tuck your tee into some wide leg pants, and add a clashing printed tote for extra kewl factor.

MADEWELL
Striped cotton T-shirt
OUTFIT #7

REJINA PYO
Emily high-rise wide-leg jeans

Acne Studios
PVC TOTE

OUTFIT #8

Check, check, check! This blazer/skirt combo + a cute red bag will always be a winner (plus, you can wear the top and skirt as separates if the full look is too much for you). Clueless eat your heart out!

alexander wang
Oversized houndstooth wool-blend blazer
OUTFIT #8

alexander wang
Studded checked woven mini skirt

off-white
Textured-leather shoulder bag

OUTFIT #9

Chic + sleek. Wear this polkadot crop top with extra high-wasted black pants and black shades for Insta fashion-girl cred.

THOM BROWNE
Cat-eye acetate sunglasses
OUTFIT #9

LISA MARIE FERNANDEZ
Selena smocked polka-dot cotton top

LEMAIRE
Pleated wide-leg wool pants
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