Fashion rules, shmasion rules. The hottest trend right now is pattern on pattern. (And yes, you can pull it off.) Here are a few classy ideas to spark your own styling adventure.

Stripes and Florals News flash: A striped tee is surprisingly versatile. Rather than the all-too-expected jeans on the bottom, punch it up with a flowing floral skirt instead.

T by Alexander Wang tee ($98; Grand St. at Mercer St.); Topshop midi skirt ($70; Broadway at Broome St.)

Going Graphic Got a big event coming up? Make a statement with a singular bold pattern and colorful heels.

Cynthia Rowley dress ($595; 78th St. at Madison Ave.); Loeffler Randall for Tucker heels ($425; W. Broadway at Broome St.)

Work It Out If you have a little flexibility in your professional dress code, try a paint-splattered blazer. The structure of a windowpane plaid complements it perfectly.

Diane von Furstenberg jacket ($375; Washington St. at 14th St.); Tibi blouse ($190) and skirt ($285; Wooster St. at Prince St.)

Small and Sweet It is with great pleasure that we present the spring 2013 must-have: the pajama pant. (This pair has mini swans!) Elongate your entire frame by matching them with a similarly tiny print--just stick to a complementary color.

Band of Outsiders top ($280; various locations); Theory pants ($265; various locations)

Ease In For those still on the fence about all this, start simple. Try a muted patterned dress with a delicate watercolor scarf.

Suno dress ($595; various locations); Calypso St. Barth scarf ($250; various locations)

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