Quiz - A Complete Guide To Prints

by - 24 October

 *This is a paid guest post. All opinions are the writers own. 

How to style prints this season

Prints have the power to bring something more to an outfit. A floral blouse can brighten up plain office wear, but a patterned trouser and shirt combo could clash. So, how do you decide which prints you should be wearing and which you should stay clear of?
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 Styling must-dos

If you’re styling prints, the main things to remember are bringing together complementing colours, sizes and not going too OTT!
Not used to styling prints? You might want to ease them into your wardrobe by pairing them with solids. For something cool and stylish, match a pair of polka dot palazzo trousers with a plain white crew neck and barely-there sandals to channel summer vibes. Or, tuck a pastel ruffle shirt into a horizontal-striped A-line skirt for an on-trend look that’s suitable for work or play. Similarly, you can tone down a loud pattern by layering a monotone blazer or fitted jacket over the top. To add an edge of style and print to your wardrobe, consider patterned accessories such as bags, bandanas, and belts.
Bring pieces together that are part of the same colour palette. A floral print that has elements of pink in the pattern is enhanced by a solid coloured jacket that is the same colour as the print. If you want to go for two printed garments, keep your fabrics in the same colour family or pick two stylish prints that share a single colour. This ensures that your outfit doesn’t clash and is a safe way of mixing and matching prints.
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  You can bring together two different prints if you follow these tips. Try breaking mixed prints up with a neutral garment — channel Boho vibes with a paisley co-ord jacket and skirt and separate the patterns with a neutral cami top. Or separate polka dot pumps and a patterned jacket with plain trousers. Similarly, you can also split up clashing prints with a chunky belt and cross-body bag.
There’s no reason that you can’t wear two pieces that have the same pattern on. One good way to do this is to invert the colours if you’re using two of the same pattern. For example, if a white cami with navy checks would pair well with a navy cami with white checks. You can also wear the same pattern together with in a larger or smaller scale. Try pairing a high-waisted pair of slacks with a strappy top that’s a smaller version of the pattern. Consider your jewellery in the mix too — if you’re wearing a geometric printed top, opt for jewellery of the same pattern.
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Styling must nots

When it comes to what not to do with prints, there aren’t a lot of rules as it all depends on how confident you are contrasting styles and prints. There are a few things to keep in mind though.
Make an effort to not jump colour schemes— with clashing prints and colours, your outfit can look too mismatch. Stick to one colour scheme and use it throughout the full outfit — this helps your garments complement each other and prevents an outfit that looks like it’s been thrown together!
Take extra care when styling animal print. This pattern can be quite loud and may not match together in the way that other patterns would. For this reason, pair animal print with solid coloured pieces — try a leopard print cami dress with black t-shirt beneath and black heeled ankle boots — the top and boots will bring out the spots, whereas leopard print shoes would have been too much.
That’s all of our tips for a complete guide to prints! The main thing to remember is to wear what you feel confident in, change the fashion rules if you want to!
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This article was brought to you by QUIZ, retailers of patterned and sequin dresses.

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  1. amazing tips :D


    1. Glad you think so. Thank you for the comment :)

  2. I am not a fan of animal print, I really like small floral details on an end of a sleeve or something similar. This post is really cool, I enjoyed reading it.

    New post is on my blog ♥
    Colourful Madness

    1. Thank you Ana. I never used to be but it has grown on me largely in the last few months and now I'm obsessed!

  3. Lovely guide dear! Can't go wrong with any of these, especially animal prints. Thanks for your tips.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    1. I love animal prints right now. I used to hate them but they have grown on me massively!