With spring peeking its head around the corner, we can finally start to hang up our trusty blacks and burgundy’s and bring out the pastels and prints that have been gathering dust in our wardrobes.
Prints, whether they be floral, Aztec, geometric, or checked, add vibrancy to an outfit which might otherwise be dull or plain. Bright prints suggest confidence and enthusiasm; quieter prints ooze an understated femininity.
While prints are a great way of adding personality to your outfit, they can sometimes come across a little too flamboyant and loud to be taken seriously in a professional environment, or too playful for a sophisticated event. It’s like Elle Woods all over again – despite her being the hottest lawyer around, no one really took her seriously when she was rocking her brightly colored pant suits!
Rather than steer away from prints altogether, fashion brand Unique 21 has come up with some tips on how to style your prints so you appear confident, sophisticated, and tres chic at all times.
Opt for a tailored fit
Tailor-fitted clothes instantly add a touch of ‘office glam’ to any outfit. Blazers, shirts, and cigarette pants are all smart enough to carry prints without looking casual, and prints are a great way of making these items suitable for everyday wear, a day in the office, or a night on the town.
Keep the shape simple
Prints do an effective job of making a statement, so choose clothes with a simple, fuss-free silhouette to avoid overwhelming the senses. Tailored pants, A-line dresses, and fitted skirts are all simple shapes that allow the print to stand out without creating an overall messy look.
Do up your “do”
Changing your hair style will instantly change up your overall look, and dress-up an everyday, casual print. A sleek top knot or combed back wet look style will make you look fierce and sophisticated, whereas a low pony tail gives a more conservative feel. Loose, cascading curls is a glam and womanly look, making it perfect for important events.
When wearing prints, an easy way to keep the outfit classy is to minimize jewellery and accessories so the focus is only on the print. A simple black tote bag, small studs, and a dainty bracelet is enough to add a touch of bling while keeping the overall outfit sophisticated.
Choose smart shoes
One way to easily change the tone of your outfit is to change your shoes. If you want to appear authoritative or work-ready, choose a pair of brogues or flats. If you’re edging for a sophisticated night out look, a pair of grey or nude heels will add instant class to your print while keeping the outfit light.
Cropped pants are sassy. They’re a much more deliberate fashion choice than full-length pants and they show you mean business. Having that bit of ankle on display also breaks up your outfit, making it less about the print and more about how it’s styled.