Does the thought of wearing print or pattern make you break out in a cold sweat? Wearing prints can feel risky…even intimidating but once you master the art of wearing print the potential for extra outfits in your wardrobe will increase…who doesn’t want that?
I know, it can be intimidating especially if you’ve followed ‘rules’ and step out in dark solid colours on a regular basis believing they are going to make you appear smaller.
Ladies have you ever noticed that wearing a plain black pant can still highlight your lumps n bumps? Colour and print us fun and expressive so let’s aim to add more to our wardrobes and look curvalicious and not frumpy.
I’m not ashamed of my curves (not even a little) but I do want to present my body in the best possible light…because that’s what gives me my confidence. If I feel confident them it’s easy for me to flash a winning smile and get on with my day but if I’m worried about my lumps n bumps it seems to override my day…are you the same?
Wearing print is all about balancing out your proportions; print is the 'style magician' and can visually deceive the eye. Instead of the eye falling on the bits you don’t want lit up like a neon sign it just keeps travelling. Pretty nifty!
DRESS TO MATCH YOUR PERSONALITY
If you are feeling full of life and have a bold personality then embrace that bold print sista, alternatively if you are a little (or a lot) introverted it’s perfectly ok to stick with softer print…be authentic to you.
CHECK YOUR LOOK
Always check your look in a full length mirror and if unsure take a selfie on the phone, looking at a photo is a great tool. Unsure? Play with accessories or customise your kaftan with a tuck or twist.
KNOW YOUR VERY BEST COLOURS.
If print or pattern is near your face make sure it is in a complementary colour. Understanding your best colours means you will mostly only ever purchase pieces in these colours, of course there are exceptions and this is where your accessories come into their own. If you really love electric blue but it doesn't look amazing near your face then add it to your accessories. Try adding it in shoes or a fabulous oversized clutch😀
MATCH YOUR PRINT TO THE GARMENT SHAPE
Structured pieces love a geometric print and flowy pieces like a maxi or kaftan just love a ‘movement’ print…think watermark with soft borders that blend into each other.
SCALE IS IMPORTANT
Experiment with scale, a teeny tiny print on a larger frame can look overwhelming; you might suit a bolder print.
Soften an athletic or blocky build with softer flowing prints. Create curves by adding angles in all the right places with well-placed strong prints. When adding accessories scale is important too, if you are petite a fine pendant will sit on you beautifully. Larger frames wear larger accessories well…or try finer accessories but stack a heap of them.
PATTERN PLACEMENT MATTERS
Print and pattern in all the wrong places can leave you red faced, trust me I've been there! When purchasing clothes with pattern take note of what it looks like especially on the bum, boobs and around the map of Tasmania area. Are the patterns screaming “Look at my map!”?
If you have a ’round tummy’ be careful of purchasing garments with a round print right over that area as it’s like a highlighter to the area.
Prints on the bum that don’t meet up, especially where the ‘crack’ is just emphasise and draw attention to your crack…I’ve seen it and it’s not good.
Pear shaped ladies be aware of stripes or bands ending at the hip area or a cross the top of your thighs, the lines will draw the eye and visually extend the width of your hips.
If you have bigger thighs you want fluid print that keeps the eye moving not a big splodge of print on your thighs.
Same with breasts, a splodge of print can really draw attention when it may not be wanted.
Now you're armed with all the tips go have some fun with pattern and print.
Til next time,