This season is all about stripes but there are other prints that can be mixed and matched together or with solids. Prints add detail to the look so if you want to try this season’s prints here are some ideas on how to mix them together and also pull them off.
Stripes is a great figure-correcting print. It also comes in a variety of styles and colors and this season the designers offer not only regular stripes but also diagonal, barcode stripes, and various other types of stripes that will help you rock the trend as well as stand out.
Stripes tend to make the figure taller and leaner when they are thin and vertical while the wide stripes will visually enhance the size of the body. Although horizontal stripes are traditionally consdered to look unflattering on curvier bodies it still depends on the cut and style of dress/outfit.
This season the stripes are funky and simply interesting. Giles offers uneven printed stripes while Marc Jacobs combined diagonal stripes with vertical and horizontal ones. Jonathan Sanders combined two trends in one with his metallic stripes.
Monochrom pants with vertical stripes have become a key element in the collections of affordable brands like Bershka, Warehouse and many others. These can be worn in combination with other prints as well as bright colors.
Houndstooth is a classic print that comes in various forms and sizes. This season opt for large scale print and leave that classic small houndstooth for winter wools and office. Michael Kors and Timo Weiland went for oversize houndstooth print while Sportmax went for laser cut houndstooth cutouts.
Since oversize houndstooth is quite dramatic try not to overload your look with accessories and additional prints in other words keep it simple.
Polka dot is a simple print that can be easily combined with stripes or florals. Polka dot was spotted at Karen Walker and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti where designer combined with the polka dots and stripes.
Polka dot also comes in patterns that can be more subtle than the print. At Karen Walker the sheer fabrics were patterned with opaque polka dots creating a light and airy look.
Checkers prints that was prominently featured in Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 collection also comes in various sizes and the dramatic oversize print is simply meant to make your stand out. From light coats to crop tops checkers come in various styles. A more modest version of the print can be found in the collections of Nanette Lepore and Derek Lam. Marni layered prints in different colors over one another which turned out interesting.
If you are interested in colorful dramatic prints of the season opt for the ones in collections of Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou. Mixing and matching colorful complex prints can be challenging but manageable. Also take a look at brushstroke print in Spring 2013 designer collections.
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