Hi, my name is Stephanie and up until recently, I was scared of wearing stripes and patterns and prints. I knew that some of those patterns, like stripes, were staples but I had no idea where to start or how to style prints. Well, stripes aren’t going anywhere, it is time to embrace them! Here are four foolproof tips to style prints and look like you are a fashion expert.
How to style prints like a pro
Keep it simple
The wonderful thing about stripes is that they make a statement on their own so it is totally okay to keep the rest of your outfit on the simpler side. Try this tip by wearing a simple button-down with a patterned statement pant or skirt.
Give mix and match a try
Mixing and matching is something that took me a little bit to get used to. But I’ve started to embrace the pattern mixing! If you are really adventurous, go crazy with it – mix your horizontals with your verticals and your plaids with paisley. If you are looking to ease into the mix and match game, start small and alike. Consider different types of stripes together or polka dots with a small striped detail like a handkerchief. I tend to stay within the same color family when mixing (usually black and white, if I am honest) and I think that helps to balance out your look. Even keeping a uniform color like the yellow tones in this fun summer outfit.
Throw rules out the window
Whether you are curvy, tall, short, or petite, don’t ever buy into the notion that certain patterns don’t look good on certain body shapes. Sure there are styles that will flatter your shape and others that will highlight your body but throw those outdated ideas out the window. At the end of the day what matters most is that you feel good so do you!
Stick with versatile pieces
I am a big fan of versatility in my wardrobe. One of the things I love about getting my Stitch Fix box every month is that I’ve started building a pretty solid capsule wardrobe filled with some great pieces that go with everything, like the striped shirt below. Versatile pieces are a must even when it comes to accessories, stick with those that can be paired with anything in your closet. A tote with neutrals or a classic black and white tee are striped staples that are easy to style and go with everything.
Try all the stripes
Vertical stripes, thin stripes, big stripes, bold stripes, and even multi-colored stripes – there are so many styles and types you can play around with! Next time you go shopping, grab some styles you normally wouldn’t try and see how you feel. You’ll be surprised at what you might like…
Introducing new patterns into your wardrobe can be overwhelming but we hope that these tips will help you feel more comfortable. Take it one step at a time and have fun! Before you know it, you’ll be styling prints like a pro!