Calculating the Print-Mix Tipping Point: How Many Can You Wear at Once Before It Gets Crazy?

The limit does not exist. BUT DOES IT?

Getty, design by Katja Cho

Like keeping track of how many drinks you've had, limiting the number of prints in one outfit is no fun at all. But how much is *too* much? As you'll shortly see demonstrated by 25 standout Fall 2016 looks, more is more, but it doesn't necessarily mean better.

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Osman

Print count: 1

Crazy quotient: Very low, but you know it's only going to get nuttier from here if this is the basic package.

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Alberto Zambelli

Print count: 1

Crazy quotient: Even lower than the outfit before but points for the compact print.

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Coach

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: *makes "comme ci, comme ça" hand motion* Plaid is pretty much a neutral at this point, so pairing it with a blown-up paisley = not risky.

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Preen

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: If we're talking patterns alone, this is a walk in the park with a non-incendiary hoverboard. But that toile leg tail really takes things up a notch.

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Erdem

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: Totally sane. Though in other cases, tone on tone can get pretty wild.

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Christopher Kane

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: Stripes have also achieved neutral status, even when they're paired with flower appliqués. Watercolor pants, on the other hand...

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Alberta Ferretti

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: Pretty much nonexistent. Can you imagine actually being bored wearing this robe and PJ combo IRL? (No, you can't.)

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Emilio Pucci

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: We're dealing with basically the same print but smaller on the leggings and larger on the coat, so the CQ is, as Flo Rida would say, low low low low low low low low.

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Fendi

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: Please. It's only two.

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Marni

Print count: 2

Crazy quotient: Exercise: Imagine this with smaller clothes. Really rather tame.

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Mary Katrantzou

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: A clear rock 'n' roll babushka theme emerges, so as long as you stick with leopard and star prints, you're golden.

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Burberry

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: Barely a blip, thanks to the green/blue/animal-skin coordination.

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Mother of Pearl

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: Great layering aside, houndstooth is so classic it doesn't really count. And neither does the floral, really.

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No. 21

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: 9/10 youths would wear this without a second thought.

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Prada

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: IDK what's going on here, but since Miuccia's prints are landscape-y and enlarged, the whole effect is harmonious and cool, as always.

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Sportmax

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: As (not) crazy as a Frank Stella against a parquet floor.

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Uma Wang

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: You get the "red, green, red, green" idea pretty fast, so focus on the kewl cut instead.

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: Do I count the floor? If not, let the shirt's print represent my heartbeat, AKA how much life this outfit is giving me.

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Liselore Frowijn

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: Isn't it super smart how the print on the shawl thingy is the inverse of the print on the skirt? Brilliant.

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Stella Jean

Print count: 3

Crazy quotient: Nope. There's so much space around the masks on the skirt and the band on the jacket that there's really only *one* standout pattern. (That would be the top.)

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Blugirl

Print count: 4

Crazy quotient: Nothing a tulle overlay can't tone down.

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MSGM

Print count: 4

Crazy quotient: Stripes + florals = totally doable. Stripes + florals + polka dots + more florals = a little bit more whoa—but still totally doable.

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Gucci

Print count: 5, two on the cardigan alone

Crazy quotient: Outwardly not that intense, but when you look closer, you'll notice they're limited to her upper half. But the muted colors and small scale make them super wearable.

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Marc Jacobs

Print count: 5

Crazy quotient: Nah, because no matter how big or small, in the end, they're all in the polka dot family.

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Etro

Print count: 5 (??)

Crazy quotient: Surprisingly low given how everything's browny-red and Lineisy Montero's face.

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