How To Start Wearing Prints: Summer Edition

Prints might not be your go-to choice for an outfit, but perhaps something you’ve been wanting to embrace? Believe it or not, but summer is the perfect time to play the game of prints. Here’s how to start wearing prints: summer edition!

Public School Resort 2018 - Start Wearing Print

Courtsey of Public School (resort 2018)

Start Wearing Prints

So this is a no-brainer, but summer clothes are lighter (literally) than winter clothes. The fabrics are not as heavy, due to obvious reasons, and the colors are often brighter and easier to match and mix. That’s why prints are easier to wear as the styling is a piece of cake with less clothes and favorable colors to work with. You can literally only work one clothing piece in a print and be done with the outfit.  Just choose a print with colors that are close to each other (that’ll give a more subtle print) and you’re one step ahead. Also choose a print in a color you enjoy as it’ll be one step closer to your already existing comfort zone.

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Three Prints To Try

Florals

The floral prints are undoubtedly classic and comes in so many different looks and styles. You can go retro, historic, natural, surrealistic, subtle, artsy and whatever you can imagine. With that said, whether you work the minimalistic style or 90s vibe, there will be a floral print that will suit your look. I’m not going to list all the typical floral prints for each style, let’s save that for another time, but if the core of your style is reflected in the print; it’ll most likely match your style. For example, if your style is minimalistic and the print is subtle and clean, it’s probably a match.  Also, floral prints are perfect for summer with the bright, popping and energizing shades. Go with the flow of nature!

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Stripes

Stripes might not come with all the options that floral prints gives, but is inevitably a foundation of fashion. It’s a case of fashion history to discover a time where stripes in any version weren’t popular. The trick with stripes is to know what style to choose. The general rule is that horizontal stripes adds to the width while vertical adds to the height, it’s how the eyes register it. After that, decide if you want to go statement with wide stripes or subtle with more discrete ones. Stripes in contrasting colors will attract attention and stripes in closely relating colors will keep it subtle. Colorblocking stripes will add a dynamic level and monotone stripes will be more low-key.

The best part with stripes are that they can be styled as a one colored piece. They are THAT basic.  So do your styling as normal with a striped piece and it’ll fit perfectly with your style.

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Details

The best “print” to wear though, or to begin with, are the details. Details are randomly placed embroidery, embellishment or even text. It doesn’t really count as a print, I know, but adds movement to a clothing piece – which is what print does. With a print, something happens in the outfit and a first step towards it is to have small places of details where it happens. In comparison between a white tee and a white tee with a text, the latter will definitely add the “excitement” to an outfit. Start ridiculously small if you’re uncertain and try an embellished collar or an embroidered pocket. Keep it simple and work yourself up from there.

Folks! How are you working the prints this summer? What are your best tips on how to start wearing prints during summer? Let’s chat in the comments! Xx

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55 Comments

  1. What a great guide for wearing easing into print territory, which can certainly be overwhelming to many. I think what deters a lot of people is that there are often many colors in the piece that leaves the person questioning, how will I wear this and you’ve given some really great examples and suggestions here, my friend. I love that you’ve suggested prints that are do-able for everyone regardless of personal style and taste, too. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • Stripes are definitely the A and O, it’s a basic and it’s a start! Xx

  2. I have a difficult time with prints, for some reason I barely own any and when I see one I try it on and never buy it. I think one of my goals now is to get more clothes with prints!

    Camila,
    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • I hope so! It’s such a fun addition to any wardrobe! Xx

    • YES! Hahah so happy when I saw your outfit post. You can do it Shireen! Xx

    • Definitely they’re so much fun to play around with! Xx

  3. I love a fun print. Stripes are my go-to favorites, but I need to get more floral in my closet too. I love how prints can make summer clothes more interesting since you don’t usually have as much layering going on.

    • Definitely and so much easier to start as you only wear one or two pieces! Xx

    • They are perfect and works as a basic indeed, love them! Xx

  4. I am always so wary of prints because I never feel like I’ll get my use out of the piece. But then I wear some stripes and I totally regret not having more in my wardrobe! I am definitely going to experiment with the details! Happy Tuesday xx

    http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

    • But hello, I love the floral dress you worked today. It was so so gorgeous! Xx

    • They are so good though, perfect to start with! Xx

    • That’s lovely! Stripes are always a good way in! Xx

  5. I love wearing prints and mixed prints! I don’t wear stripes much outside of my Valentino B Rockstud bag very much, but funny enough own a coupe of striped skirts. haha I’m a huge fan of the embroidery, florals and mixed prints. Can’t get enough. 🙂

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • But hello, I’d love to see you working the striped skirts? Love them! Perhaps with some floral tops?! Xx

    • Hahah perhaps they all can get a dose of love though?! Xx

  6. Stripes are usually my go-to when it comes to wearing prints, because they look great and… I have an obsession with anything even remotely nautical, haha! Love your suggestion of colour blocking stripes!

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Hahah I know you do love, and you’re working the look perfectly! Xx

  7. I love a good print. A good introduction point is always in accessories (ie bags, scarves, shoes, etc), but I do love going all out a mixing prints, like stripes and florals. Why not?!

    Have a lovely new week Mia!

    amberelb.com

    • Exactly, why not?! Life is too short not to do that combo, honestly haha! Xx

    • Print mixing in fall is a chic one too, fun to play around with all the layers! Xx

    • Thank you love! Hahah I know I always can count on you to bring the fashion game for real, love you for that! Xx

    • It is indeed, definitely changes the fashion game! Xx

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