Thursday, 20 September 2012

How to Clash Prints

And so to the final part of my mini sub-series on prints - today I'm going to touch on clashing prints from different families.

Whilst I have the utmost respect for people whose style is to clash without censure, I tend to stick to the same principles I apply when mixing floral or animal prints - retaining some unit(s) of similarity between prints, whether in size, style or tone - to tie the look together.

Monochrome Madness

Clashing two classic prints - spots and stripes - on two classically vintage-shaped pieces - a full-skirted midi dress and a cropped tie-up blouse - puts a cute, unusual spin on a classic-feeling look. Sticking to a monochrome palette keeps it elegant. The cropped cut of the blouse keeps the focus on the waistline.

Dress: eBay (originally Primark)
Blouse: Primark (SS12)
Shoes: Office (Past Season)

Graphic Aztec

Their common geometric structure allows graphic and Aztec patterns to combine ancient and modern influences to stunning effect. A classic fifties-style peplum-pencil silhouette adds a further level to the look. I added platform stiletto ankle boots to draw on the black tones present throughout the look and the sharpness inherent in the prints, and red lips to bring out the tones of the skirt and the outfit's glamorous cut.

Top: Primark (SS12)
Skirt: Primark (SS12)
Boots: Peacocks (Past Season)

Scarf Print

Here, I decided to pair a printed scarf with scarf-print jeans. Similar tones ensure the contrast between scarf-print and leopard print doesn't jar. To keep focus on the prints, I teamed them with a neutral-coloured top drawing on one of the primary base tones. A printed scarf plaited into hair is also great for embellishing neutral outfits.

Jeans: Primark (SS12)
Top: Primark (SS12)
Scarf: Accessorize (Past Season)
Shoes: New Look (Past Season)

Do take a look at my tips on colour blocking and print mixing (here and here) if you're struggling to decide which combinations will work best for you, but, above all, have fun and enjoy creating your own combinations :)

Tomorrow: How to Wear Metallics

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  1. I really like this post! All the outfits are great. I am now following you, would love you to check out my blog too. Naomi xx

    1. Thank you so much :) Really like your blog too, it's a great read! xx

  2. Your hair is so gorgeous! Cant wait for my hair to be that long x