Looking at this year’s prints, it is a smorgasboard of dots, stripes, flowers and patterns in separates from dresses to tops and skirts to jackets and we’ll see this trend continue into Spring and Fall of 2012.
As we looking at the start of this fashion trend which ranged from subdued shades just a few years ago prior to the recession, to “out there” prints, the prints have become bolder and brighter as fashion designers wanted us to feel better in a dismal economy.
Plus size women can wear prints successfully.
When wearing prints, keep in mind few basic rules of thumb to put your best foot forward and not overpower your look. You’ll want to minimize, limit, separate and streamline.
When considering a print, remember to:
Keep it simple! Patterns in tiny florals or small stripes can be flattering and keep you right on-trend. Eliminating accessories can show off your print as a work of art.
Limit the palette to one print at a time so as not to have conflicting aesthetics. If you have more than one pattern, be sure they are in subdued hues which are more flattering or a minimized separate such as this Sienna Rose Tank Top, Glowing Temperature.
Be sure to split your prints with a splash of a neutralizing solid color, such as black, white or grey in between your prints.
Make sure to avoid excessive draping or ruffles when you are wearing prints to streamline your silhouette. Pay close attention to where the patterns and lines are placed to make sure they flatter your shape. Take a look at this Comfy USA Diamond Side Tunic which gives a perfect example of a waist cinching illusion which is flattering and fashionable.
Prints can be a challenge, but make them a charming addition to your wardrobe by keeping a few common sense fashion tips in mind.
Got a minute? Check out this post from Kari at Fab Over Forty on What’s in Store for 40+ women for 2012!
It’s been a great year! Thanks to all of our readers! Have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2012~