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Get The Look: Rachel Bilson’s Mixed Prints

January 11, 2010

As the unofficial queen of casual, Rachel serves as a constant in my inspiration file.  I love the look of mixed prints when done correctly, and this outfit is a perfect opportunity to utilize items you already have in your closet: A tank and mini you normally reserve for Summer can be mixed and matched for this cold-weather look.

Some tips for pulling off mixed prints:

* Stick to similar colors/tones.  Make sure at least one color is continuous in both prints: Rachel sticks to black and white in both pieces.

* A pairing of small and large is most appealing to the eye.  If one article of clothing has a small print (like Ms. Bilson’s tank), then make sure the other is much larger in size.

* One print should be structured, one should be loose.  Rachel picks a structured and evenly spaced polka-dot print on top, and a loose, more abstract print on the bottom.

* This is a great opportunity to rock the new digital print trend from the Spring runways, just make sure your other print is much less complex.

Rachel Bilson mixed printsPhoto Credit

Rachel Bilson's Mixed Prints
A small but organized polka dot tank top looks playful tucked into an abstract print skirt.  Tie the look together with a simple black cardigan (here for similar) and tights.  Add vintage-y lace up boots for some polish.  Rachel keeps accessories to a minimum, only carrying a small bag, but I wouldn’t be afraid to add subtle earrings or a hefty watch.  Excluding tights, (really, who doesn’t have black tights?)this outfit rings in at exactly $150.  If you already own a black cardi, use the extra cash for a sleek shoulder bag or simple earrings.
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