1. Pair print with something neutral
If you’re newer to wearing bold prints or you’ve chosen a print with some challenging colors, try pairing your print with something neutral. This could mean a plain white t-shirt under a bold printed jacket or solid color pants with a printed top.
2. Layer under a jacket or cardigan
If you want to try a bold top or cami, try wearing it under a denim jacket or cardigan. This lets you show a little bit of the print without going full blown pattern coverage. For Zoom meetings, I sometimes wear a Printfresh cami under a cardigan or jacket for an interesting pop of color. This even works well with our nightgowns.
3. Find a unifying color
Regardless of what the print or pattern is, color will be the thing that harmonizes the outfit. Make sure the shade is well-matched and then play around. You might be surprised that the green leaves in a loud pattern match your striped pants perfectly. Lay out some of your favorite printed pieces on your bed and see what unexpected pairings you can create.
4. Consider accessories
Bold prints and fun patterns don’t just have to be in garment form. You may find that patterned accessories like a scarf, hair tie, or purse might be the right way for you to wear a pattern.
5. Break the Rules
I always find that when I take the biggest chances with my clothing, I get the most compliments. I meet way more people too since my bold choices are a great conversation starter. Going to a networking event? Try wearing something bold and exciting with a pattern to get people talking to you. As a bonus, it will make you memorable when you follow up! So don’t be afraid to buck a trend or break a “fashion rule”.
6. Invest in a print you love
As a designer, I am drawn to all sorts of things and find beauty and inspiration in so much. However, I try to be very deliberate about my wardrobe and avoid bringing in too many new things. This means that I only shop for high-quality, carefully considered pieces. I have to really think about adding something to my wardrobe before I make a purchase, and that’s especially true for prints. Set a “fashion budget” for yourself and try to stick to it - this will help you prioritize purchasing high-quality pieces you will love for many years to come.
7. Have fun
Remember to not take fashion too seriously, it’s supposed to be fun and make you feel great!