They are everywhere, available on pretty much everything and will be sticking around at least until next spring. On top of their abundance they are also being layered. Are you running in fear yet? A lot of people ‘don’t do prints’ because they are ‘too complicated,’ i.e they aren’t confident in their ability to integrate these prints into their wardrobe. But not to fear, for starters there are no official ‘rules’ so forget doing it ‘wrong.’ Secondly, we can help shed some light.
Here is the thing, there is a wide variety of prints out there and available right now. It’s simply a matter of knowing what you are (or are not) looking for, blocking out the rest of the noise and baring in mind a few simple tactics.
SHOW SKIN. It keeps you out of granny territory. We aren’t saying run out and buy the smallest pieces of printed fabric you can find; however, an exposed collarbone or shoulder, a bare back or a tasteful slit in a long skirt will do the trick here. It is a simple and small reminder that under all that crazy fabric is a PYT and not a crazy cat lady.(Though maybe you are both. We’re not judging and still love you.)
K.I.S.S. We all learned this in school at some point right? Keep it simple, silly. You probably don’t need two mix two patterns, a bounty of lace and a few extra uncoordinated layers, right? Save some pieces for tomorrow’s outfit. Keep this rule in mind and you should be safe from yourself and by this I mean looking like you spent 2 hours putting an outfit together, unsuccessfully. Don’t over think, or over do it.
COMMIT. Choose one colour scheme for today’s outfit and go with it. Keep things easy on yourself by selecting one colour from a pattern you like and ‘matching’ everything else to it. If your blouse features some shots of maroon try paring it with a solid maroon lower half be it denim, trousers or a skirt… the world is your oyster. Now pick up a darker hue of that colour in your accessories or shoes. This rule still applies if you are attempting pattern on pattern layering. Pick one constant and stick to it.
Sarah put together a few looks for the babely Jess to show off with some of the prints currently available at the store for, as always, a little inspiration!