How to Mix Prints This Fall Like Fearne Cotton

Like Olivia Palermo, Fearne Cotton is also a pro at mixing and matching pieces. However, unlike the American socialite, Fearne’s style is more off-beat, casual, and slightly bohemian. Of course, that doesn’t really stop us from stalking the British radio and television presenter just as much. We find her fashion sense creative and unexpected. Besides, we always welcome a good outfit idea when we see one — no matter how unusual it is — and Fearne offers plenty.

Take for example, the look she put together for another session at BBC Radio 1 studios last Tuesday. The blond beauty sported a mixed-print ensemble consisting of a paisley-patterned button-down worn over black skinny jeans and ankle boots. Not content with the busy shirt, she teamed the pairing with a snake-print tote and topped the outfit with a black-and-white printed scarf.

The combination was a lot to take in, especially since she also used a textured necklace and tortoise-rimmed sunnies to  go with the look. However, per usual, Fearne pulled it off well enough to look chic.

Celebrities at BBC Radio 1Fearne Cotton arrives at the BBC Radio 1 studios in London while decked in a mixed-print ensemble, August 5, 2014

How do you like Fearne’s layered outfit? Would you dare pile on so many prints and pull it off like a seasoned sartorialist?

You know what, we say why not?!

The trick is to keep your main colors down to a maximum of three. In this case, Fearne worked with black, white, and red. We see shots of beige, blue, brown, and grey, but they’re relatively insignificant. Also, if you’re going to mix and layer prints, pieces that have a lot of black and white as base work best.

Below are the key items you’ll need to recreate this look from Fearne. We chose a black-and-white scarf from MARC by Marc Jacobs that’s made of 100% cotton, but you can easily switch that to a thicker neckerchief made of wool if the weather in your city is already starting to get cold and windy:

karen kane paisley shirMARC by Marc Jacobs Adults Suck Logo Scarf, $98 / Karen Kane Baroque Paisley Drawstring Top, $118 / Loeffer Randall Mini Ryder Bag, $346 (was $495) / Smith Optics Cheetah Sunglasses, $119

Credit: Mario Mitsis/WENN

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