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How to mix patterns this summer

Mixing prints often falls into the category of high-risk feats, even for the savviest of fashionistas. But as style icons Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even the first lady have proven, it can be done.

But just when you feel ready to play the sartorial mix-and-mingle game, intimidation can drag you back into your safe zone (neutrals, head-to-toe black), once again leaving those fun nautical stripes, bright geometric patterns, and Liberty print florals behind.

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