For those who don't play fast and loose with prints, mixing them can be one of the most intimidating styling secrets around. With roots in both boho and preppy aesthetics, it's one of the freshest and most modern ways to throw together a casually fashion-forward ensemble. The combination of stripes and florals is especially popular this season, and easier to pull off than busier print-on-print pairings. While it's significantly easier to pull off for low-key occasions, there's a way to do it for more dressed up events as well, and we'll show you both.
Reese Witherspoon's Laid-Back Look
Reese Witherspoon was running errands in L.A. when she took stripes and florals for a test run. She wore a blue and white striped boatneck T-shirt with a flouncy blue and white floral skirt. Matching red accessories helped pull the look together. With a conservative stripe and small floral, this is a very safe way to dip your toe in mixed patterns.
Whitney Port's Dressy Combo
This outfit is pretty much the perfect middle ground between Upper East Side chic and California casual. While this photo of Whitney Port is from many seasons ago, the look is still really fresh since black and white stripes and striped jackets are so hot right now. Designers like Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs have similar jackets out this season. You could update the look by wearing a less frothy dress underneath, but a pink floral is still a perfect fit.
J.Crew's Spring 2013 Look
By far the most popular staple to build a stripe and floral look is the classic white and blue striped nautical shirt. For Spring 2013, J.Crew paired it with bold floral pants and a denim jacket.
City Casual On Fearne Cotton
Another oldie but goodie, Fearne Cotton paired a light blue and white striped skirt with a red poppy print top for her radio show. Light summery fabrics really show the stripe and floral combo off to its best effect when you're trying to keep things simple for daytime.
ASOS Stripe and Floral Maxi Dress
If all this inspiration still hasn't quelled your nerves about putting this bold pairing together on your own, there's more and more options that do the mixing and matching for you. This ASOS Stripe Sleeveless Floral Maxi Dress ($110.31) is the perfect combination. Slip this on and your outfit is practically done. Stick with neutrals and minimal jewelry with this bold look.