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WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BOLD PRINT?

WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG BOLD PRINT?

Based on what we saw this summer, this was everyone’s wardrobe calendar:

Monday – white cotton dress

Tuesday – white cotton dress

Wednesday – white cotton dress

Thursday – white cotton dress

Friday-Sunday – basically pajamas

We’re not here to come for your weekend leisurewear. And yes, we love simple, unicolor looks, especially in white. But Labor Day is over and we would like to support those heroes in the Fashion Police by helping you make a respectable and timely transition into fall. Typically that means immediately swapping light colors for browns, but why does the color-meter have to be turned down just because the season’s changed? The trees are making bold choices, so should you. In our opinion, there’s no bigger, bolder choice to make than a statement print. Many might be scared away from such choices but we have devised a fool-proof strategy to help you avoid pattern disasters.

Balance

Most that are afraid of standout prints and patterns are just averse to the potential heightened attention that they can bring. Even though we think the selfie is the 21st century’s greatest contribution to art, we get it. Even we don’t want eyes on us at all times (our fashion is quarantined in the morning). The answer here is to pair bolder prints with more simple neutral pieces that will soften their effect. Printed skirt? Hello ivory button-down. Amazing floral dress? Have you ever met our navy cardigan?

Proportions

Similar to balancing out colors, minding your body’s size and proportions will help you choose the best print for you. In general, accentuate with a larger print, minimize with a smaller, one. And the more height and – ahem – vavoom that you have, the larger the pattern you can handle.  

Accessorize Wisely

Coco Chanel said something to the effect of taking off the last accessory you put on – it’s hard to tell, she’s misquoted about as much as Marilyn Monroe and Gandhi. But the sentiment of the statement rings true. Energetic prints don’t necessarily need to be augmented with lots of accessories. A single bracelet or necklace will typically do. To soften the print go for neutrals, or to stand out even further (while still not overdoing it) try a contrasting color. Yellow earrings + red and blue printed blouse = head turns.

Forget Everything We Said If You Just Love Something

Everything we’ve said so far will work to fine-tune your outfit, but we’re ultimately of the philosophy that if you like it, wear it. Styling can go a long way, but nothing can beat the confidence that comes from wearing something that you truly love. “The best color in the world is the one that looks good on you” after all. Oh, and guess who said that. Yep, Coco.

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