If you’re wondering how you can mix prints without looking like a circus clown, you’re in the right place. It can feel tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Be sure to check out Jen, Tara, and Sara‘s posts!

Mixing prints can be tricky, I know. If you want to ease your way in to it, try two basic prints that both have white in them. Here we have checks and dots. Then pick two colors that go well together, here we have orange and blue.

Orange and white checkered shirt. Navy and white polka dot skirt. Easy Peasy!

Then I threw in a pearl necklace to really pay homage to my wanna-be-Southern-roots. If you haven’t noticed by now, I kind of really wish I was a southern belle. ;)

J.Crew Gingham Shirt (old, updated style here) / J.Crew Polka Dot Skirt (on sale!) / Pearl Necklace (old, similar here) / Me Too Flats / J.Crew Bracelet (old, similar here) / Michael Kors Watch

And yes, this could be considered an “Illini outfit.” I have a problem.