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7 Fabulous ways to mix prints into your wardrobe this fall

Amy Tara Koch is a style expert, TV personality, journalist and author of Bump it Up. Busily working on style book #2; easy style solutions for busy women!

Black is a basic, but printed patterns are a fun foil that electrifies a look. Wearing prints is very much about finding the patterns that reflect who you are.

The options are endless. Graffiti is groovy. Stripes are classic. Tribal is edgy. Floral is feminine. Get inspired by the animal kingdom. Try a leopard cardigan with jeans. Add a racy zebra pump to a black dress. A faux snakeskin belt delivers contrast. Though high-fashion mags tout stripes paired harmoniously with florals, with a paisley accent, this look is tough to pull off unless you are six feet tall and hail from Sweden. For most women, it is easiest to take one printed piece and mix it into a monochromatic base. Keep the look balanced by pairing a print top with a neutral bottom and vice versa. There is beauty in simplicity.

Some guidelines: If you are smaller, you can wear explosive, large-scale prints. The larger you are, the smaller the print should be. Horizontal stripes widen the silhouette so they complement women who are slim. On the other hand, vertical stripes elongate the silhouette so they are universally flattering.

Remember: There is beauty in simplicity. Here are seven ways you can add fab prints to your wardrobe this fall.

Here's some inspiration for you.

1. Try a tribal cardigan

Mono Patterned Cardigan (topshop, $130)

2. Wear an animal print shoe

Scrunch ballet flat (Target, $17), Ocirewen classic pump (Aldo, $80)

3. Get artsy with a graffiti bag

Chanel Graffiti Painted Tote

4. Amp up your style with a snakeskin belt

Snakeskin Skinny Belt (Charming Charlie, $10)

5. Wrap yourself in a floral scarf

Painterly Tulip Print Scarf (Ann Taylor, $60)

6. A black & white blouse is sheer sophistication

Velvet Luca Blouse (, $108)

7. Make a statement with a graphic blazer

Laveer Tux Blazer (, $313)

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