Summer is undoubtedly the season of lace-up sandals and bikinis, trips to the beach and rooftop cocktails. Summer is also the season of prints. The dark, moody color palette of winter is replaced by vivid patterns like floral, polka dot, plaid, and paisley.
If you normally stick with a one-color wardrobe, the thought of wearing any sort of pattern can be intimidating and a little confusing. That isn’t an excuse to skip the look. There are lots of ways to work patterns into your wardrobe. You can start off with one printed piece then gradually build up from there. In no time, you’ll be mixing and matching prints and colors like the best Gucci girl.
Pairing a printed piece with a solid one that matches the colors in the pattern is a foolproof styling trick, but don’t be afraid to go completely in the opposite direction. Add a new color into the mix with your plain piece.
A striped T-shirt is as classic as a white button-down shirt or black trousers. For a nautical-themed look, try a red-and-white top with a flared skirt. Skip the sailor hat and wear it with white heels.
Leopard and Lemon
What’s just as summery as prints? Bright colors. Try pairing a bold printed leopard blouse with a bright yellow skirt. Oxford shoes and round sunglasses add even more nonchalant cool.
Spots and stripes are the more popular animal prints, but why not try a quirky pattern featuring little critters? Layer a solid vest over your printed dress to balance it out. If you want more color, try bringing out the shades in your print with a bright micro bag.
Can’t give up your black addiction even in the summer? You’re not alone. Stick to your comfort zone by choosing a black maxi skirt with a subtle multicolored pattern. Then add a hint of color with your accessories.
Floral dresses will always be a summer staple, but a pair of trousers with a flower print is another way to achieve that effortless bohemian look. Go for bold colors and pair your printed pants with a crop top and you won’t look like you’re going to a 70s-themed party.
Stars and Stripes
You can do stars and stripes when it isn’t the Fourth of July. Dress down a sparkly star print dress for day by tying a striped cotton shirt around your waist. Or you can wear something like this dress as well.