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Fashion: Prints Are In! The Do’s & Don’ts

I am an absolute fan of the latest print craze that has hit the fashion scene by storm. All prints are in. From Aztec to animal print to polka dots. However, with everything one can either get it very right or very wrong. That said, here are Glamour’s rules to wearing prints.

1. Show a little skin. We’re not saying you have to go all  plunging neckline on us, but a small flash of flesh will keep this from  venturing into granny territory, which big prints can threaten to do. Exposed shoulders or a bit of bare back would do the trick, too.

2. Keep it simple everywhere else.  With a lacy blouse or a  bold-colored cardigan, this could have easily ventured into Don’t-ville, but wisely keep the rest of the outfit super-simple and let the print do the talking.

3. Stick with one color scheme. Remove the fuss factor from  the equation by choosing one palette and matching everything else to it. When you’re working with such an  attention-getting fabric, you don’t need to go overboard with your colors.

More tips:

  • Print shy?  Choose a solid color to ground your prints. Try the Skin Print Top with the Studio Jacket.
  • Not ready to commit? Wear a printed accessory: handbag, shoe, headband, or jewelry!
  • Mix it up! We love wearing all types of prints together – florals and stripes, polka dots and plaids or tweeds – the print world is your oyster! However, we do suggest testing out pieces of scale before committing to them; large florals and large polka dots may not be the best combo.
  • If you’re going to wear more than one print (and you should!), choose pieces that have complementary dominant colors – it’s chic and more interesting than wearing just one color head-to-toe.
  • Can you wear prints? YES! Anyone can wear prints! Just test the scale of the print on your body before buying; larger prints tend to emphasize the body part they are covering, so keep them on those places you’d like to enhance (and not on areas you’d prefer to minimize).

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Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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