Prints charming? Latest fashion trend gets matchy-matchy

Gwen Stefani, Julianne Hough, Rihanna and Rita Ora PacificCoastNews.com, Getty Images, startraksphoto.com
Star power: Gwen Stefani, Julianne Hough, Rihanna and Rita Ora get in on the prints.

Interested in shaking up your fall wardrobe? TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas, author of "The Power of Style," weighs in on one of the more buzzworthy fashion trends:

After a kaleidoscope of prints have been swirled together in every way these last few seasons, it's refreshing to see the return of the ensemble. As witnessed at both New York and Paris Fashion Week last month, head-to-toe prints can be as chic as when you wore them as a kid.

While it's a palette cleanser for some of us, the more understood "outfit" is a welcome relief to many who felt a little Punky Brewster — or mismatched — of late. A coordinated print, pattern, or textile can be bold, but also polished and powerful. 

Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014 Getty Images
There's no such thing as too much, right? Looks from the Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014 runway.

Ready to rock the look? Be sure to consider these tips if you decide to maximize your motif:

  • What kind of statement does this print convey? More is more, so be sure it's in sync with your situation and style personality.
  • Animal prints can be subtle in neutral organic hues, but color and contrast can quickly turn up the volume. It's great for a fun event or outing, but it may not be appropriate for the office.
  • Anchor your look to avoid being overwhelmed or costume-like. A daring design may require an equally strong accent, like a deep red lip to avoid looking washed out. However, some prints have such specific associations (for example, florals are seen as feminine, while plaid is more masculine, and leopard shouts sexy) that accessories with an opposing vibe can help add balance.

If nothing else, consider how adorable it looks on Sarah Jessica Parker's twins, Tabitha and Marion:

Sarah Jessica Parker's twins, Tabitha and Marion. startraksphoto.com
Start 'em young: Sarah Jessica Parker's twins, Tabitha and Marion, 4, wear some truly cute matching striped ensembles in New York City on Oct. 16, 2013.

Are you a fan of the trend? Would you wear this? Weigh in!

  • Slideshow Photos

    Image: FASHION-FRANCE-GIVENCHY

    Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    From garbage bag-themed purses to surrealist hats, designers at Paris Fashion Week presented unique, creative and kooky creations on the runway. Take a look at our favorite styles.

  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Would you wear this? -

    Cool or crazy? From garbage bag-inspired purses to surrealist hats, designers at Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014 (Sept. 24 – Oct. 2, 2013) presented unique, creative and oftentimes kooky creations on the runway. Take a look at our favorite styles:

    Louis Vuitton, Oct. 2, 2013

    Benoit Tessier / Reuters
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Full-lipped -

    Saint Laurent, Sept. 30, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Rose-covered glasses -

    Lie Sang Bong, Oct. 2, 2013

    Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Sacked -

    Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Oct. 1, 2013

    Victor Virgile / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Full camo -

    Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Oct. 1, 2013

    Victor Virgile / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Showgirl -

    Louis Vuitton, Oct. 2, 2013

    Petroff/dufour / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Bird-like -

    Moncler Gamme Rouge, Oct. 2, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Pump up the volume -

    Masha Ma, Oct. 2, 2013

    Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Animal instincts -

    Moncler, Oct. 2, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Sleeping bag couture -

    Moncler, Oct. 2, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Human graffiti -

    Louis Vuitton, Oct. 2, 2013

    Joel Saget / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Helmet hair -

    Alexander McQueen, Oct. 1, 2013

    Kristy Sparow / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Tutu much? -

    Alexander McQueen, Oct. 1, 2013

    Michel Dufour / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Sheer bravery -

    Shiatzy Chen, Oct. 1, 2013

    Patrick Kovarik / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Facing it -

    Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Oct. 1, 2013

    Yoan Valat / EPA
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Gotta hand it to her -

    Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Oct. 1, 2013

    Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Check mate -

    Moncler, Oct. 2, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Bottled up -

    Paul Lespagnard, Sept. 30, 2013

    Patrick Kovarik / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Cashing in -

    Jean Paul Lespagnard, Sept. 30, 2013

    Patrick Kovarik / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Ray fan -

    Texsaverio, Sept. 28, 2013

    Kristy Sparow / Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Spotted -

    Ungaro, Sept. 30, 2013

    Thibault Camus / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Shelf life -

    Sacai, Sept. 30, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Blurred vision -

    Maxime Simoen, Sept. 29, 2013

    Thibault Camus / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Why so blue? -

    Givenchy, Sept. 29, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Down the middle -

    Hexa By Kuho, Sept. 29, 2013

    Kristy Sparow / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Navel-gazing -

    Kenzo, Sept. 29, 2013

    Thiabult Camus / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Going green -

    Vivienne Westwood, Sept. 28, 2013

    Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Along came a spider -

    Comme Des Garcons, Sept. 28, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Hair-raising -

    Comme Des Garcons, Sept. 28, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    All the cage -

    Comme Des Garcons, Sept. 28, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Fringe benefits -

    Junya Watanabe, Sept. 28, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Hair-don't -

    Junya Watanabe, Sept. 28, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Going for gold -

    AF Vandevorst, Sept. 27, 2013

    Kristy Sparow / Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Taking the grunge -

    Vivienne Westwood, Sept. 28, 2013

    Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Cat lady -

    Vivienne Westwood, Sept. 28, 2013

    Christophe Ena / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Tied up in a bow -

    Allude, Sept. 28, 2013

    Kay-paris Fernandes / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Reflecting fashion -

    Tex Saverio, Sept. 28, 2013

    Kristy Sparow / Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Lined up -

    Talbot Runhof, Sept. 27, 2013.

    Thibault Camus / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Taking cover -

    Chalayan, Sept. 27, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Confetti cool -

    Chalayan, Sept. 27, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Copping out -

    Lanvin, Sept. 26, 2013

    Kristy Sparow / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Seeing stripes -

    Olympia Le Tan, Sept. 26, 2013

    Kay-paris Fernandes / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Runway tough -

    Rick Owens, Sept. 26, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Not over overalls -

    Balmain, Sept. 26, 2013

    Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Très trash -

    Lanvin, Sept. 26, 2013

    Jacques Brinon / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Giving the bold shoulder -

    Gareth Pugh, Sept. 25, 2013

    Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Fur the love of fashion -

    Sharon Wauchob, Sept. 26, 2013

    Miguel Medina / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Bangled up -

    Peachoo Krejberg, Sept. 25, 2013

    Christophe Karaba / EPA
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Dotted lines -

    Manish Arora, Sept. 26, 2013.

    Ian Langsdon / EPA
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Ambush makeover: Rosie the Riveter -

    Alexis Mabille, Sept. 25, 2013

    Christophe Karaba / EPA
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Ruffling feathers -

    Gareth Pugh, Sept. 25, 2013

    Francois Guillot / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Teed up -

    Simon Porte Jacquemus, Sept. 24, 2013

    Joel Saget / AFP - Getty Images
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Shirt-dress -

    Felipe Oliveira, Sept. 25, 2013

    Thibault Camus / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Hypnotize -

    Atsuro Tayama, Sept. 25, 2013

    Zacharie Scheurer / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Cropped top -

    Jacquemus, Sept. 24, 2013

    Kay-paris Fernandes / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Ships ahoy -

    Julien David, Sept. 24, 2013

    Richard Bord / Getty Images Contributor
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Camo bright -

    Carven, Sept. 26, 2013

    Christophe Ena / AP
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Seeing red -

    Anthony Vaccarello, Sept. 24, 2013

    Christophe Karaba / EPA
  • Best of bizarre style: Paris Fashion Week

    of

    Going graphic -

    Ground Zero, Sept. 24, 2013

    Patrick Kovarik / AFP - Getty Images
TOP