Scared to wear prints? Don’t be!
An outfit with a bold printed pattern can easily be a hit or miss. Office wear can be spruced up by a nice floral number, but picking a polka-dot shirt and tartan trousers would look haphazard. To help you navigate the tricky world of prints, dresses retailer QUIZ has put together the following guide.
The bottom line is that you want to keep your colours complimentary.
An easy way to do this is to pick a pattern to match a solid colour item in your wardrobe. For something cool and stylish, match a pair of polka dot palazzo trousers with a plain white crew neck and barely-there sandals to channel summer vibes. Or, tuck a pastel ruffle shirt into a horizontal-striped A-line skirt for an on-trend look that’s suitable for work or play. Similarly, you can tone down a loud pattern by layering a monotone blazer or fitted jacket over the top. To add an edge of style and print to your wardrobe, consider patterned accessories such as bags, bandanas, and belts.
Similar colour patterns will highlight each other. A floral print that has elements of pink in the pattern is enhanced by a solid coloured jacket that is the same colour of print. If you want to go for two printed garments, keep your fabrics in the same colour family or pick two stylish prints that share a single colour. This ensures that your outfit doesn’t clash and is a safe way of mixing and matching prints.
With that said, there’s no reason why you can’t mix it up a bit with different prints worn together. Try breaking mixed prints up with a neutral garment — channel boho vibes with a paisley co-ord jacket and skirt and separate the patterns with a neutral cami top. Or separate polka dot pumps and a patterned jacket with plain trousers. Similarly, you can also split up clashing prints with a chunky belt and cross-body bag.
Using the same pattern over multiple garments can be done effectively too. One good way to do this is to invert the colours if you’re using two of the same pattern. For example, if a white cami with navy checks would pair well with a navy cami with white checks. You can also wear the same pattern together with in a larger or smaller scale. Try pairing a high-waisted pair of slacks with a strappy top that’s a smaller version of the pattern. Consider your jewellery in the mix too — if you’re wearing a geometric printed top, opt for jewellery of the same pattern.
What to avoid
So long as you follow the general “same colour scheme” idea, you can’t really go wrong. There are a few things to keep in mind though.
Avoid mixing up your colour schemes, as this can make your outfit look like a mish-mash. Stick to one colour scheme and use it throughout the full outfit — this helps your garments complement each other and prevents an outfit that looks like it’s been thrown together!
Animal prints are fierce, but they’re tricky to match together. For this reason, pair animal print with solid coloured pieces — try a leopard print cami dress with black t-shirt beneath and black heeled ankle boots — the top and boots will bring out the spots, whereas leopard print shoes would have been too much.
Follow these tips and you’ll be rocking prints with ease! The main thing to remember is to wear what you feel confident in, change the fashion rules if you want to!
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