London Fashion Week is all about quirk. The runways there tend to exude color, embellishment, craftiness, and kaleidoscopic prints—and so do the sidewalks outside the shows. This season, the street style crew layered patterns and proportions together in surprising, statement-making ways. Some showgoers threw graphic shift dresses together with logoed tights and oxfords. Others paired micro-floral-print summer dresses with leopard coats or mashed up an array of checks in varying shades and silhouettes.
There is a certain art form to piled-on prints, especially when at first glance they may seem to clash, but when the proportions and palettes have just the right tension, the look is an exciting alternative to fall’s usual earthy monochromatic knits and jeans. Here, five examples of boldly mixed ensembles to keep fashion fun in the coming months.