How to perfect the art of wearing prints
Want to delve in the world of prints, but nervous about pulling the look off? We’ve all heard many horror stories about clashing prints and fashion faux pas, so it’s no wonder a lot of us are a little hesitant to try patterns and prints. But they can be so fun to wear, and really add a pop of life to your outfit! So, here to make the world of prints a little less scary is QUIZ, with their range of print-patterned dresses, to lend some expertise.
A few guidelines
It’s all about complimenting colors! If you’re new to prints, you might want to ease them into your wardrobe by pairing them with solids. 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.
You can also match together clothes and prints that share a similar colour vibe. 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.
Gone is the old notion of not mixing prints; go for it! 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.
You can even match the same print on different garments for a bold look. 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.
Things to avoid
Really, it’s more to do with how confident you feel and less to do with any real “rules”. There are a few things to keep in mind though.
Mixing colour schemes can look a little clashing when it comes to prints. 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 pretty loud, so they don’t match up as easily as some other prints. 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.
Now, you can wear prints in total confidence! The main thing to remember is to wear what you feel assured in, change the fashion rules if you want to!