This isn't a question I've considered before. If you take the stripes out of my closet, I probably own about three things that aren't solid. But on my last day in Doha, we were hitting five different places before the airport so my dad suggested, "Dress nicely." I pulled an orange and gold polka dotted Lauren Moffatt skirt and a navy blue and white striped American Apparel tee from the top of my packed suitcase. "What is going on there?" asked my sister. I love it when designers mix patterns on the runway - stripes and florals at Dries Van Noten, plaid and brocade at Commes des Gar√ßons, zebra and stripes at Brian Reyes, leopard and polka dots at Dolce - but on me, on a real person off the runway, how does it work? Is there a trick, other than a 6' frame, to making the mix look more chic than crazy?