Prints are always in fashion, whether they are bold or more understated, floral or geometric - but there are always a few that stand out every season. Although I'm a great lover of pattern myself, and love to dress to stand out from the crowd, I know from personal experience with my clients that wearing print can be a bit scary, especially when they are bold. People can worry that they are a little overpowering, or look a little but 'much', so here are ideas on how to wear 3 of this Summer's top prints but keeping it slightly lower key, with an air of style and sophistication.
There are tribal and African themed prints everywhere at the moment. African fabrics are traditionally bold prints with lots of vibrant colour, so you can definitely feel OTT if you are not careful. If you prefer a more understated look, try mixing these bold prints with solid, more muted colours to help tone them down, but also accentuate the beauty of the fabric itself - it's generally best to have one 'wow' piece in an outfit if you don't want it to look overwhelming.
In this outfit, the bright red patterned Balenciaga is teamed with a pair of nude Gianvitto Rossi point toe shoes (also fabulous for making your legs look like they go on forever!), a simple Monica Vinader necklace which echoes the African style, and a Sophie Hulme tote bag.
Large scale, splashy watercolour patterns can be a little scary. After all, no one likes to look like they've had an accident with a paint set! However when the colours are toned down a little the watercolour style can look really elegant, as in the case of this Saloni spot print dress. The muted colours also give you an opportunity to have a little more fun with the accessories, like these brightly coloured Christian Louboutin bag and Gianvito Rossi suede shoes. The shoes and bag probably make this my favourite outfit of the bunch!
So there you have it, pattern need not be scary!
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