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Spice up your wardrobe with prints

From Alexander McQueen and Givenchy to Marni and Malandrino, prints ruled the spring runways. They've popped up on everything from pants and skirts to bags and bandanas. If you’ve been shying away from putting prints front and center in your wardrobe, it’s time to flaunt some of this season’s most fun and fabulous fabrics. Take a look at our guide to playing with prints.

Spice up your wardrobe with prints


Complete your summer look with a pair of eye-catching printed shoes. Whether you opt for flats, heels or wedges, look to boldly patterned footwear to take your outfit up a notch.

1Pretty pastels

Designer Shoe Warehouse, $60

Dress up a denim dress or shorts with these Adrienne Vittadini espadrille wedge sandals in soft pastel plaid.

2All about Oxfords

Urban Outfitters, $49

Add some school-girl charm to any outfit with these adorable oxfords featuring all over floral print.

3Bold ballet flat

Endless, $195

Step out in style wearing these bright ballet flats in a colorful geometric pattern featuring neon green, eye-popping pink, pretty purple and basic black.

Spice up your wardrobe with prints

Tips for pulling off prints

  • Start with accessories if you're feeling at all print-shy.
  • Tone down particularly bold patterns with basic black.
  • Avoid head-to-toe print, which can make you look messy rather than pulled together.
  • Don't mix prints; all you need is one to make a statement.

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