There are a lot of fashion staples that we need in our everyday wardrobe line-up and these keep changing depending on our mood, the seasons, occasions and trends. Some of these pieces are super easy to style and go with almost every look but some prove to be really tricky. Solid coloured clothing is relatively easy to style if you know what colour combinations work well. We have a lot of references on the internet & inspirational boards with colours that work together. Next we have prints!
Many of us avoid quirky or bold prints, as we don’t know how to work with them. Prints are anything but basic, even the most used common prints are sometimes difficult to style. There are so many different kinds of prints out there and we are in an age where digital prints are easy to create. Every season, we see a new kind of print taking over the runway collections followed by all retail brands designing affordable items based on similar lines. Yes, solid colours, monotones, color blocking, etc. are interesting, but there is something about prints, when worn right, are sure to impress.
We are here to look at some of the prints that we come across everyday on our social media platforms, style magazines, photoshoots and how to pair them while wearing them right.
We aren’t talking about the digital prints we see on the runway. The graphic prints on tee-shirts and dresses is the main focus here. Graphic printed tee shirts include all kinds of designs, ranging from sassy quotes, famous sayings, word art, cartoon prints, superhero prints or just about anything. These are a go-to clothing item and all of us own at least 5-6 graphic printed clothing. You can pair these tee shirts with your basic denim skirts and ripped jeans. You can even wear them over satin solid skirts to make the whole outfit a little bit dressy. Look for graphic printed clothing that are quirky and have one-of-a-kind prints.
Florals prints are the most commonly seen prints. We see them everywhere and on almost everything. Florals(1) are super fun, breezy and are considered perfect for beachwear or vacation wear. But they aren’t limited to just those. Who doesn’t love a pretty floral sundress! Pair your floral tops and dresses with minimal earrings and wear them with scarfs and headbands. Also look for florals that have botanical prints too, these are trending now and will make for amazing crop-tops. You could pair some dark floral prints with formal wear to get a chic look.
Animal prints aren’t loved by all and people think twice before wearing them. These are also available in quite some variety, the most commonly seen ones being zebra-print, leopard-print, tiger-print and snakeskin print. These are usually available in earthy tones of olive green, brown, deep orange, taupe and black. But we have also seen unconventional colors like electric pink, cobalt blue and bright yellow with animal prints on them. These prints exude a wild vibe and are often worn as blouse tops over formal skirts and casual pants. You can also wear them with denims and add some chunky metal jewellery to finish the look.
Geometric prints are timeless, and we see designers coming up with new ones every once in a while. To name some, we have chevron prints, checks, stripes, Aztec print, etc. which are a part of our daily looks. One can also pair these prints with other geometric prints, for example you can wear a striped dress with a checkered scarf or headband. These prints are relatively easy to style and they go with formals as well as casual wear. Checkered print is one of the most liked casual wear in both menswear and womenswear.
Abstract prints can be described as something that cannot be defined. These are pretty random and quirky while looking contemporary and unique. These can be anything ranging from erratic brush strokes, paint blobs printed all over, a hypnotic print, animal or nature inspired print and so on. They look super edgy and often make a bold statement. As the garment speaks for itself, it is best to go with minimal or no accessories and finish these looks with bold coloured solid pumps or heels.
Prints aren’t for the faint of heart, these give a different personality to the person who wears them. Prints can also be seen as a way of expressing yourself without directly saying anything. We see people flaunting bold quotes on their tee shirts and opting for weird prints that can’t even be related to them. At the end of the day, prints are fun and playful, so why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that fun.
You can learn a lot more about pairing different prints and how to make them by taking up Fashion Styling courses like the ones offered by Hamstech. Get to exploring the amazing world of prints by enrolling yourself with this Styling course from Hamstech.