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A love for patterns in clothing is nothing new. Gingham, which has made a recent comeback, had bouts of popularity throughout history, including when worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Brigitte Bardot on her wedding day. Polka dots, florals and plaids have also each had their day in the spotlight.

More and more, I have found the biggest rule in fashion is that there are no rules. Matching your shoes to your belt to your purse is no longer a necessity, and there is no designated silhouette or hemline to obey. Breaking style faux-pas has materialized in the popularity of winter white, socks with heels, and, now, mixing patterns on patterns.

Layering stripes with, well, anything has been a style favorite of mine for some time. Stripes with floral pants or a polka dot skirt are perfectly acceptable as long as you wear the pairing with confidence.

For something a little less bold, stick to simple patterns in your outfit, but choose a stand out accessory. Consider bold prints on shoes, geometric scarves or a spotted clutch.

From designers like Dolce and Gabbana and Proenza Schouler to some of my favorite blogger friends, including Andi at Polish My Crown and Aimee from The Local Transplant, I am continuously inspired by the beauty and boldness of pattern play. Let these photos inspire your next outfit. Are there any pattern concoctions you are waiting to try?

pattern atlantic pacific

Blair from Atlantic Pacific knows how to rock her patterns.

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Dolce and Gabbana 2012

pattern gingham and tortoise

Tortoise shell and gingham fabric.

pattern hallie daily

Patterns are bright on Hallie Daily.

pattern polish my crown

Andi mixes dots and stripes like a pro on Polish My Crown.

patterns erdem pre fall 13

Tons of pattern play at Erdem Pre-Fall 2013.

pattern tlt

No one rocks patterns like Aimee from The Local Transplant.

pattern 1 pattern dots pattern floral on floral pattern laura wears paislytop blue diamond pants pattern mix pattern play pattern play2 pattern spotsAll photos via Pinterest or credited fashion blogs.

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