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So Last Season

Try a hint of print!

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018 4:30pm

Summer is all about bright colour pops and prints which is full of fun, but if you’re someone who normally sticks to a one colour wardrobe, the task of adding some print can be daunting. However it’s worth putting some time and effort into experimenting with prints and adding them to your wardrobe. With minimal effort, you can create some dramatic looks that are so easy to wear.

The easiest way to get started is to choose one statement piece and built your outfit around that. You’ll be mixing your colours and prints like a Gucci gal in no time.

Print can also be used as a great distractor. If you have an area of your body that you’re not happy with, then wear a block colour on this area and then simply distract the eye by wearing a loud print elsewhere. As if by magic, that tummy paunch really is not quite so visible when you’re wearing your red polka dot blouse.

Print also lends itself well to be paired with different colours and I have a few combinations which are my go to's when it comes to styling a print. One of my favourite prints at the moment is polka dot. It’s starting to take over my wardrobe and I’ve started to repeat buy many items unbeknownst to myself. I mean how many polka dot skirts does one woman need?

Print are often repeated year after year so these are pieces that you’ll get to wear year after year. Red is often a colour worn with black and white polka dot, and while I’m definitely on board with this, I also love pairing it with a fresh mint colour or soft millennial pink.

I’m very partial to a polka dot shoe and was quite annoyed with myself that I didn’t pick up a pair of polka dot kitten heel slingbacks from M&S while I had the chance. The polka shoe is perfect for someone who just wants to add a hint of print to and would look great paired with a sharp pink suit.

Introducing print into your everyday wardrobe can be as simple as adding a classic striped t-shirt. A red and white stripey tee works well tucked into a midi skirt and heels. It lends a fresh feel to any outfit.

Don’t be afraid to mix and clash your prints and as a general rule of thumb keep the prints on a similar scale to ensure one doesn’t dominate the other. Keep the look cohesive by also sticking to a similar colour palette. If you’re still unsure of what works well together, just grab a dress or a culotte jumpsuit and you just need to add a suitable accessory.

Another fav of mine is leopard print but really animal print in general is something I’m very much on board with. Leopard print is such a great year round print and can be made to take on the look of any season. It’s one of autumn/winter's main prints so invest now. If leopard print isn’t your bag, then try out some zebra print pieces. It’s a very easy to wear print, it is a classic and looks well paired with khaki greens, neutral beige and tans-just stack up your gold jewellery for an expensive safari look.

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