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HOW TO MAKE SUMMER
PRINTS WORK FOR YOU

summer with friends

Jacquemus in Italy, Summer 2019

PRINTS? IN SUMMER? GROUNDBREAKING. WE ALL KNOW THE FAMOUS MOVIE LINE. AND WE ALL KNOW IT’S TRUE. SUMMER IS THE TIME TO PUT AWAY YOUR CHUNCKY DARK KNITS AND PLAY WITH THE INSPIRATION OF SUMMER. 

Words By Shannon Rice

From florals to polka-dots, the different kinds of prints are endless. Not everyone is going to go for a bold 70’s print or a wild rainbow stripe but there are ways you can make prints work for you this summer. If you are intimidated by the idea there are so many ways you can subtly bring prints into your summer wardrobe without compromising your personal style. And for those who already love prints, there are even more exciting and experimental ways you can create an even more elevated look.

pastel green outfit

@josefinehj

Color Theme 

One of the hottest trends this summer brings is pastel colors and playful bold tones. While these are great on their own, when they are in a print they bring a whimsical and truly summer feeling to your look. For those who are new to prints, take the pastel approach. It is a nice happy medium between a bright neon pink, for example, and a subdued nude pink. Look for a small almost “ditsy” print that is calming and mixes well with the pastel. This makes the print appear very minimal and almost camouflage in the color. Pair it with your favorite white jeans to give yourself a great daytime look. Other popular pastels are light blue and soft mint green.

For those who love pastels, try mixing and matching these soft tones to make your look playful and bright. One great way to mix these is by finding a print that contains the pastel color and then blocking it with a solid pastel color. For example, a white skirt with a light blueprint and a lavender purple solid tee. A casual summer look that is effortless but speaks volumes. Look for prints that speak to your style and are going to make you feel at your best.

Shop Bold and Pastel Contrasts

WANNER LABEL

The Wilma Top

SIZ

The Candy Top

HANISHKEN

Tencel Crop Top

SIZ

The Oarweed Top

Sassy outfit

In the Same Boat 

Some of the most popular prints that have become classics are stripes and polka-dots. We all have had a classic striped tee that goes with everything at some point. In fashion evolution, we have seen so many designers get playful with these classics by making them in all different colors and sizes. If you are new to prints, stripes and polka dots is a great place to start. One look that is unique yes sophisticated is playing with different angles and sizes of the stripes. You can take a classic striped and oversized button-down that has smaller stripes and elevate it. Pair it with a slip dress that has colorful stripes that go diagonally and maybe a bit larger. They may seem to oppose but since they are in the same print family they come together really nicely. The juxtaposition of the fine stripe and the large stripe make the look come together in a perfect way.

Polka-dots are another fun print to experiment with. Take the cheetah print, for example, a cousin to the polka dot. You can take this print from its classic brown and black tones and make it fun by choosing the print in a bold color like red or blue. For a bold approach, pair it with a piece that has a small polka-dot on it to keep the theme of the circular shape. If you want to opt for something more subtle, keep the cheetah or animal theme alive by combining it with a bag or shoe in a similar print. Even pairing these print classic’s with a pair of jeans can show that you know how to own the trend this summer.

Shop Stripes

KUYICHI

Bali Cloud Dancer Striped T-shirt

KOMODO

“Carli” Organic Linen T-shirt

KOMODO

“Cargo” Organic Cotton Skirt

KOMODO

“D-side” Organic Cotton Trousers

Power clashing 

This trend is one of the most experimental ways to make prints work for you and your wardrobe. We see in street-style and on the runway that people are effortlessly combining two, three, or even four prints that when looking at them alone couldn’t be farther away from going together. When experimenting with these trends, there are a few tips you can turn to that will make your power clashing look put-together and well thought out.

One place to start is to use proportions. Take a piece with a small print and pair it with a bolder one. The opposing prints show creativity and versatility when these two kinds of pieces are put together. Try staying within the same color tone for a look like this so you avoid looking not put together. Choose a color scheme and find some prints that fall within that range to ensure your look comes together effortlessly.

To really have fun with this, just play around with your prints and patterns and see what look really speaks to you. The most important thing to remember when power clashing is to trust your instinct. Utilizing these tips when looking at your patterns is just a starting point for you to have fun and try new looks this summer. Confidence is key when you are playing with prints. Own it and break the pattern and print rules to have some fun in your summer looks.

backyard outfit

@emilisindlev

Shop Prints and Clash them

BIBICO

Ida Floral Wrap Dress

SIZ

BATURA SKIRT

SILVIA GIOVANARDI

Jaquard Silk & Wool Shorts

STUDIO JUX

Short sleeve blouse – joyous white