Another fashion lesson we're learning to ignore is "Don't mix patterns." Well, why the heck not? If you want to stand out, mixing dots and stripes, or plaids and paisleys is the way to go. A word of warning, though: It's very easy to mix patterns and wind up looking like, well, a clown.
Here's the secret to mixing up prints without ending up in a side show. No matter how many patterns you wear, keep them in the same color family. When your pieces are all in the same hue range, your look will be cohesive and pulled together, even though the patterns might be all over the place.