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How to Mix Prints in a Subtle Way, Like Diane Kruger

The last few years have taught us that mixing prints in the loudest and most clashing way possible is the norm. But as the weather cools off, saturated colors and patterns can feel too tropical or out of place. For a more subtle take on the styling trick, check out Diane Kruger’s spin on the blouse-and-skirt combo. She chooses a star-print blouse and tucks it into a short, dotted A-line skirt; a delicate polka-dot shirt worn with a printed A-line mini is a great way to mimic the look. To finish off the outfit, Kruger adds a menswear-inspired pair of brogues, though this loafer would work equally well. Consider it a way to gently ease your wardrobe into fall.

J.Crew oxford boy shirt in polka dot, $78 at J.Crew, Topshop cross-stitch print skirt, $80 at Nordstrom.

How to Mix Prints Subtly, Like Diane Kruger