Pulling Off Powerful Prints
Unless your closet consists of all neutrals or blacks, we ALL have a couple printed pieces that pack a powerful punch. They’re your go-to pieces for attention, when you’re feeling bold and confident, or really want to stop people in their tracks. And with all the amazing designers out there, there are a never ending amount of pieces to choose from that reach your expectations and come to deliver!
Prints aren’t everyone’s thing; totally understandable!! But when you find ones you love don’t be afraid to step out for the day in it and show off all your printed-glory. Here’s how to play-up your prints and wear them with staple pieces to keep your prints subtle for more of a peek-a-boo-print addition to your look! Enjoy!
Make sure try and pair prints with:
- Neutrals (whites, tans, blacks or a solid color that matches the print)
- Keep your makeup natural: unless you’re going for a super bold look, keep your makeup simple, people will look first at the print, then linger seeing your natural beauty
- use staple items like simple tops, jackets, blazer, and solid shirts and pants to help complete the look
Print: on the Dress
Add a solid jacket, like a Brown or Black Leather Jacket to neutralize the look. Pair it with Ankle boots in like color as the jacket to tie it all together
Dress: Emily Ray (COLLIDE) Jacket: Madewell Biker Jacket Shoes: Frye
Sidenote: If you’re feeling a little crazy, take a striped jacket or top to add to the look (best to keep stripes all the same width and neutrals). Or wear your jacket like a shawl
Jacket: H&M (bought it Paris)
Print: On Pants
Pants are hard cause everyone’s body type is different. But pairing pants with a simple dark T-shirt, or a simple cardigan/tunic can help complete the look, and draw attention to your printed legs of your. Next, add simple necklace and fun shoes to bring it all together.
Pants: Emily Ray (Twisted Sophistication) T-Shirt: Aritizia (By Wilfred)
Double breasted cardigan: COS Shoes: J. Crew Collection
Side note: The same print on the top and bottom is a lot of fun to add a playfulness to the look or a simple dress top and flats can carry the look more casually.
Top: Beaded Emily Ray (Twisted Sophistication) 2nd Top: COS Flats: J.Crew
Print: On a Jacket or Poncho
Since a Jacket or a Poncho is such a big article of clothing try to keep your under-layers much more simple. Having a simple white dress top and black pants can really draw all the attention to your focal point: your jacket. Or if feeling wild put so simple stripes underneath your print to tie in the focal point with certain colors.
Poncho: Emily Ray (COLLIDE) Shirt: COS Pants: J.Crew Shoes: J. Crew Romper: J. Crew
Print: On the Dress Pt. II
Sometimes a dress with a great print doesn’t need to be covered, show it off! Add a shirt underneath to give it extra flare. Finally, add a simple shoes to really carry out the look.
1st Dress: Emily Ray (Twisted Sophisticate Collection)
2nd Dress: Vince Camuto Shirt: Denim J. Crew Shoes: Bass Men’s Loafers
Side note: Definitely apply the same ideas to a romper or a maxi dress as well. Let the print shine and accessorize to accentuate the print rather than take attention away from them.
Romper: Free People Wedges: Steve Madden
And if you haven't realized yet I'm slightly obsessed with the half bun.....
Not done just yet!
Every look featured in today’s post shows garments from my past 2 collections! So don’t be shy and snoop around on the links below!
Psssstttttt! Here are images from my Fall Collection Twisted Sophistication
As well as Grunge-Me-Not and I’s collaborative collection: COLLIDE
ENJOY COLORS AND PRINTS!! DRESS THEM UP, DOWN, SIDEWAYS, YOU NAME IT!