Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:00 AM
Ashlee Simpson looked fresh and fun in printed shorts and a polka dot blouse at the Samsung Galaxy S III launch at a private residence last month. While the talk at the party was on the newest technology, our attention was on her chic outfit.

Have you been unsure about how to wear the printed shorts trend? Or feel shy about mixing prints? We have rounded up similar items so you can copy Ashlee's chic mom style -- and you will soon be looking like the coolest mom at the playground!

Ashlee Simpson's style

Although Ashlee Simpson first caught our attention as Jessica Simpson's little sister, she has since come into her own as a singer, actress and mom to 3-year-old Bronx Mowgli with her ex-husband, Pete Wentz.

Simpson's style is trendy, with an edge. "She's not concerned with what people think. Her style is self-designed," said her hair stylist, Ken Paves. We love how she is not afraid to experiment and have fun with fashion and her hair! We have seen her hair color brown, black, ombre, red -- as well as super short, long and wavy. Her most recent cute blonde crop is perfect for her face shape.

Ashlee's love of fashion has translated into a new line of clothes for tweens with her big sis, called Jessica Simpson Girls. Ashlee tweeted that the line is "Jess's playful + feminine style with my vintage-inspired edge."

Recreate the look

shorts collage

Printed shorts are the hottest trend this season -- and yes, you can pull them off! Ashlee is wearing the Haute Hippie Print Drawstring Shorts from Nordstrom ($225), which feature an amazing exotic print. For a more budget-friendly option, the ASOS Culottes Pink Scarf Print Shorts are a great option for only $25. The high-waisted design of these shorts make them flattering, while the soft pleating slims and trims.

shirts collage

I love how Ashlee mixes the prints, bringing the paprika and pink colors from her shorts out with her polka dot blouse. She is wearing the Haute Hippie Reversible Polka Dot Tie Blouse ($199) from Shopbop. This semi-sheer blouse has chic details, including button accents at the dolman sleeves. Not feeling bold enough to wear printed shorts and a polka dotted top? Pair a solid color top instead, such as this YA Los Angeles Turquoise Layered Tank ($27, Piperlime).

shoes collage

Ashlee pairs her mixed prints with neutral shoes by wearing strappy tan wedges. Copy her look with the Urban Traveler by Naught Monkey Wedges ($50) from Piperlime. For a more casual look, these BC House of Cards Braided Sandals ($50) would be the perfect pairing.

Fashion Rules^ Keep in mind when mixing prints: "Take time to find pieces linked by a common color scheme or mood. It's better if they come together in varied proportions -- and possibly different textures," suggests

Don't get stuck in a mom rut! Have fun with colors, prints and fresh new looks.

Ashlee Simpson photo courtesy of Wire Image

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