Make-Over Monday – Add Prints to Your Summer Look
Master a confident hand at mixing vivid prints into your look this summer for the perfect Make-Over Monday, allowing you a full week to play with prints! Go ahead, attempt to take them for a test drive, just be sure to share your pics with us along the way…
Start the week and the season off in on-trend style with our look at one of the season’s biggest stories -Prints, and plenty of them.
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Take actress Elena Anaya above in Prada as the perfect example on taking a bold print to the max with an ultra-femme shape and shoes to boot. While her dress boasts a vintage smock shape, its novelty print in delicious candy hues keeps her looking sweet, sophisticated and ahead of the pack with elegant ease. How’d she pull off such a naive, über childish print rife with references galore?
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The trick here was by looking for a dress with a classic, utterly challengeless silhouette in a washed out yellow, a standard summer tone that works to highlight her numbers thoroughly vintage appeal.
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Whether you’re looking to work a printed short, skirt or dress this season, consider these sure-fire tips to make it work best for you:
- Pair your printed pieces with a strong neutral to counter balance the heaviness of some prints
- Keep everything classic or simple-minded at best, from hair to make-up to accessories, don’t pair prints with other items that catch the eye
- While unexpected cuts and shapes always dazzle, this season we suggest looking for the simplest of cuts when donning prints
- Regardless of the print and your draw to it, remember to only work with colors that you instinctively know work best for you
- Break full-on prints up with breaks of skin via cut-outs or smart accessorizing with belts or scarfs in solid hues
- Keep the print themes of your pieces age appropriate i.e no woman over 40 should be considering a dress covered in floating ice cream cone prints- it looks a tad too childish
Pretty Prints to Consider Available Online Now:Published on June 11, 2012
Naveed Hussain, stylist and fashion editor, has a BA in art history and extensive knowledge in the history of fashion and social media outreach. Naveed also covers fashion, music and art and was assistant to the owner & editor at VagabondNyc, where he also contributed to FocusOnStyle. Naveed has unlimited access to current and future fashion news & trends. He has worked as a buyer and has styled for The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times.