Pulling Off Powerful Prints

Pulling Off Powerful Prints

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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

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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

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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.

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Pants: Emily Ray (Twisted Sophistication)   T-Shirt: Aritizia (By Wilfred)

Double breasted cardigan: COS   Shoes: J. Crew Collection

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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.

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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.

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1st Dress: Emily Ray (Twisted Sophisticate Collection)

2nd Dress: Vince Camuto   Shirt: Denim J. Crew   Shoes: Bass Men’s Loafers

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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!

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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