How to Style Bold Prints for Spring *guest post*

The runways for Spring 2013 have been awash in bright floral patterns and psychedelic prints reminiscent of the tail end of the 1960’s. We’ve moved on from last year’s colour blocking to a jazzy, kaleidoscopic new trend to wear with flair. You’ll find printed dresses and separates everywhere you look at the moment, from big name designers to ecommerce shops. But how do you mix and match this season’s eye-popping prints without looking like a clown?
Go big and go bold!
Mixing Prints
Don’t be afraid to play around with the trend by mixing different types of prints. Matching a floral top with a printed bottom can work if you choose colours in the same family and balance the print sizes. If you want to avoid wearing prints from head to toe, you could choose a dress with a solid element to it or wear a geometric top with a solid black bottom.
The Right Silhouette 
To avoid looking like you’ve stepped out of a carnival or acid trip, choose clothes with a slim, sleek silhouette. Busy prints can look sophisticated when they are tailored in a sheath dress or pencil skirt. Smaller prints tend to be more flattering than larger prints, which can overwhelm a smaller frame. You can finish off the look with a simple hairstyle and minimal makeup to let your own beauty shine without being out-shadowed by your outfit.

Statement Shoes
You can complete your head-turning look with a statement shoe. The latest trend is to mix different materials, like snakeskin, leather, and Lucite. You’ll find no shortage of chunky heels and platforms this
season in a rainbow of colours. If you’re hesitant to wear the kaleidoscope trend from head to toe, pair a quirky pair of shoes with basic black. On the other hand, some prints can have a widening effect on the body. If the print is skewing horizontal, you’ll want to slim and lengthen your legs with a solid colour shoe. Choose one that matches your skin tone to lengthen legs even more.
Graphic Accessories
The trend has carried over into accessories as well, which present another opportunity to have fun
with clashing prints without overdoing it. A floral bag provides a bright pop of colour to an otherwise safe outfit, as do clashing eastern printed earrings or bangles. If you want to rock true 1960’s style, choose a colourful printed headscarf in a whimsical kaleidoscope print. Look for vintage pieces to complement the latest high street looks and you’ll stay on trend. You can find some great deals on independent vintage sites built on an ecommerce platform, or on larger sites like ASOS marketplace.
The key to mixing and matching bright and fanciful prints is to have fun with them, as they’re
meant to be playful!

4 comments for “How to Style Bold Prints for Spring *guest post*

  1. gorgeous style, adoring your blog miss!
    would love to see you wearing casper&pearl one day!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
    casper&pearl blog

  2. I love mixing florals and other prints! When it works it just looks so good.

  3. I am big fan of print mixing too!