Minimalists, Fear Not—This Is How to Wear the Season's Biggest Patterns Like a Pro

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If you’re a self-proclaimed minimalist, we’re guessing you’re probably a little weary of those bold-patterned trends you’ve been seeing all over Instagram as of late. And who can blame you? Just the thought of wearing prints can seem intimidating to many people—they can be loud, often bright, and they almost never blend into a crowd. Truthfully, that’s why we love them, yet we’d argue that anyone can pull them off—all you need is a little imagination and some seriously fire styling tips. Luckily, we’re here for you with five looks that will have you considering these patterns your new fall wardrobe essentials.

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Pair Polka Dots with Your Best French-Inspired Pieces

Layering a spotted print over pared-down basics adds the chicest bit of flair to an otherwise simple ensemble. For this Parisian-inspired look, layer a spotted jumpsuit over a black turtleneck and pair with a light pink beret, black booties, and round sunglasses. French-girl style? Mastered.

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 Swing Back to The '60s with Leopard

Every wardrobe needs a leopard-print coat—it’s the perfect mix of style and comfort in one chic piece. Married with an old-school silhouette, the wild pattern gives any outfit a vintage touch. Throw one on over a simple black dress, and style with a printed pair of tights to flaunt your newfound pattern-mixing expertise.

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Go for Classic Collegiate Look in Plaid

If you low-key love a traditional look, you can’t go wrong with a checked blazer. Plaid’s versatility can be credited to the fact that it always looks polished, which allows you to dress it up or down without looking too casual. If you’re nervous about mixing patterns, keep it simple with a plain white tee and denim skirt. A pair of sharp white sneakers will perfect this preppy look.

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Offset Couch Florals with a Bright Jacket

Wearing florals in the fall has never been easier. Worried your flowery frock will look too spring-specific? Layer a solid yellow jacket over a patterned dress—a sunny hue is sure to be an OOTD star no matter the season. High-heel combat boots add an edgy touch to the softer vibe.

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Earn Your '70s Stripes with a Pair of Bold Bottoms

If you love a good throwback, these black-and-red flares give off a serious disco vibe. This look combines several trends into one, but the striped trousers undeniably steal the show. Don’t be afraid to go bold with the rest of your look by pairing the pattern with a fuzzy coat over a graphic T-shirt. Complete the ensemble with your trusty pair of Vans to give the look a Cali vibe.  

How do you style these fall patterns? Show us on Instagram by tagging @cfashionista!

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