In theory, I love the print trend. In practice, though, I think it can be a little daunting: Buying a printed piece of clothing is riskier than buying solids, because it's much easier to mix and match solids! Plus, some prints can tend to make you feel less svelte, which is no fun. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks to start working with prints in a subtle but rockin' way.
1. Prints can work with your body type. If you've got a part of your body you particularly like and want to emphasize, that's where the printed piece should go, and the reverse is also true. If you're more of pear shape, a printed top (like the Boden Pintuck shirt pictured above) paired with solid bottoms will draw the eye upward:
Vince Camuto Ikat print blouse ($99 at Nordstrom.com)
... while, if you have a lovely full bust (but worry about appearing top heavy), a printed bottom will balance out your whole look:
ASOS Curve Pencil Skirt ($15.19 at ASOS.com)
2. Don't be afraid to mix prints! I love a really bold print mixture (like stripes with florals), but it can be hard/daunting to pull off. If you're going to wear two pieces with a similar print (like, say, a floral print), one trick is to keep them in the same color scheme so they complement each other. You can also go for one piece with a print that's a little more subtle than the print on the other item. Printed bottom also look really cute with graphic tee.
Jigsaw Silk Floral Top ($76 at Johnlewis.com) with Charter Club Skirt ($64 at Macys.com); Ann Taylor Petite Fresco Floral Print Peasant Blouse ($50 at AnnTaylor.com) with **Jodie Jeans by Motel ($85 at TopShop.com)
3. Nervous about printed pants? Printed jeans are a huge trend, and now there are more and more printed trousers and other pants coming out. If you feel self conscious that printed pants will make you look heavier, steer clear of really big, bold prints with a contrasting background. Instead, stick with a smaller print that doesn't have a lot of background showing, or a more subtle print, like dark on dark. You can also go for vertical, rather than horizontal prints.
The TOPSHOP Huge Flower Skinny Trousers ($84 at TopShop.com) on the left are fabulous, but will be less forgiving than the more sublte Gap 1969 Cheetah Print jeans in the middle. ($70 at Gap.com). The Current/Elliott The Stiletto Jeans on the right are super hip, and have a subtly vertital print that will be elongating.
Do you love the printed trend?
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