Summer’s officially here! Well, the high street seems to tell us so, with the clothes that are currently on offer. An abundance of printed trousers, jackets and tops. I’ve been discussing prints a lot over the last few weeks with my clients, as many seem to be a bit shy when it comes to embracing them. Although The Devil Wears Prada will have us believing that prints like florals are actually rather passé, the reality is that they pose a bit of challenge for some individuals. If you’re one who’s not really sure about how to build prints in to your wardrobe, then keep reading.
Get Personal – When it comes to prints, just like colour I think they’re quite a personal choice. Some people will gravitate to florals others to geometric prints, for some animal is the only way to go. So shop around and find prints that resonate with you. Don’t worry so much about what’s on trend as you’ll regret it later if you don’t truly love it.
Always Try – Always, always, always try the item on before making a decision. Just the other week I suggested a printed top to a client when on a shopping trip and she wasn’t really feeling it, but decided to try anyway. After trying it on she was totally in love with it and it ended up being her favourite item from the entire shopping trip. Things that look awful on the hanger can actually look beautiful when worn.
Neutralise – If you’re not ready to try mixing prints then the easiest way to wear them is to pair with neutrals. So if it’s a dress you’ve gone for then think neutral bag and shoes. For separates again, look for a neutral pieces so your printed trousers or top or skirt or whatever you’ve gone for is the star of the show.
Pull Out Colours – Same principle as before, but this time you’re being a little bit more fancy pants. Instead of sticking with neutrals find a colour in the printed piece you’ve chosen and match your accessories or other separates to that colour. Try pulling 2 different colours from the print and match your bag with one and shoes with the other. It will make the colour you’ve chosen in the print really stand out.
Balance – Make sure the print you’re wearing is right for your frame. If you’re petite then smaller prints will look best on you. If you’re not petite then you can wear a larger print. The key is to balance the print with your body.
Extremes – If you want to go all out then go head to toe in print, whether they be separates or a maxi dress, paired with bold coloured accessories. Alternatively if you’re still not comfortable with prints of any kind then give them a whirl with some printed shoes or hand bag and go from there.
I’ve not mentioned mixing prints as there’s a whole bunch of rules to getting this look right. I’ll leave that for another time. For those that are print lovers…
What’s your favourite way of wearing prints?
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(photos: frillsandthrills, marilyns closet, tumblr)