Prints, patterns and detail are something that emerge in some way shape or form every season. For instance, for Spring 2014 print and pattern was evident on the wearable trends of the moto jacket, the inverse buttoned shirt, and uber-cool bomber jackets. This means even in the case a specific print or pattern isn’t highlighted as “vogue” for a season, it will still emerge with another trend.
To help you navigate the murky waters between different prints and seasons, follow these three simple tips on how to wear graphic prints from spring/summer to fall/winter.
Stylist Fashion Tip #1: Pair Graphic Prints with Darker Solids
Say you have a graphic print shirt that you love and want to wear it into the cooler months of the year, the easiest way to do this is by pairing that shirt with darker solids. For example, you may have worn that fab floral print blouse with white linen pants for the summer. So to adapt the look of that floral print blouse for the fall, you can pair it with navy ankle trousers and pumps. Same blouse just worn in a way that’s right for each season.
Stylist Fashion Tip #2: Choose Prints in Darker Tones
I love patterns! When the seasons change, I adapt the colors or those patterns to work best for the weather. For summer go for graphic prints against light or white backgrounds. Even lighten the wash of the denim you wear! It will greatly increase the “summery” feel of your wardrobe. For fall/winter go for prints on background that are black, grey, or navy. These are the only colors I recommend for the color of backgrounds for prints as these are the easiest colors to coordinate with the rest of your wardrobe.
If you have a more robust closet, patterns against plum, burgundy, maroon, or teal backgrounds are also a lot of fun to play with. Just make sure you have at least two bottoms that you can wear with any graphic print top in your closet. And yes, denim jeans count as a pair of bottoms that you should be able to pair with any top.
Stylist Fashion Tip #3: Pick a Smaller Print
Lastly, just go for smaller prints. A smaller, more clustered print automatically gives a garment a more “weighty” feel which is more suited for fall/winter. Some great prints for the season include:
- Polka dots
- Small clustered fruit
- Stars (non-white)
- Stripes (horizontal, vertical, mitered, and diagonal)
Now you have the tips to effectively transition from summer to fall/winter wearing the prints you love!
What are some of your favorite prints to wear all year around?
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