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Nicole Richie loves to experiment with clashing prints and colours

Nicole Richie admits her rise as a Boho style icon was almost accidental, as her petite frame means most of her clothes are unintentionally oversized.

Nicole Richie has achieved her best looks by playing with clashing prints and colours.

The American designer and TV personality recently debuted the latest collection of her House of Harlow fashion line, which includes plenty of Bohemian-influenced slip dresses, printed crop tops, oversized layering pieces and delicate jewellery. While the line has a relaxed feel, Nicole is adamant the garments, which retail at Revolve, aren’t just for California girls but can translate into anyone’s wardrobe, as long as they are willing to experiment.

"Don't be afraid of clashing prints and colours because it’s actually really fun. Things that you would never want to put next to each other you might be surprised once you actually do,” she told Teen Vogue, adding that the key to casual ensembles is balancing proportions. “Not everything in my closet is bohemian. You know, if I’m wearing an oversized top maybe I’m wearing a more fitted body suit underneath.”

When it comes to Boho style, Nicole is lauded for her modern take on the trend. But the 34-year-old freely admits that her rise as style icon was almost accidental.

"I’m 5’1’ so clothes on me are just naturally oversized so it’s just something that I became comfortable wearing,” she explained.

While Nicole, who is married to Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden, always wows in the sleek gowns she selects for red carpet events, at the heart of her style philosophy is a decidedly simple motto – be yourself. The mother-of-two finds it “exhausting” when people try to emulate the personality or style of others, as it never comes off as authentic.

“We have no other thing to be other than ourselves,” she mused. “It’s the easiest thing to be. You’re the only person that’s going to own that space, so you might as well go after it.”

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