Sometimes I feel like my job as your personal stylist and fashion friend is kind of like the role of that mom who breaks up the teen parties. She means well, but she’s not a lot of fun.
How many times have you seen a printed item shared in the Facebook group only to hear me comment (kindly, I hope) something along these lines:
“You are cuter than that print.”
“That print is too mature.”
“I’d love to see you in a more contemporary print.”
And trust me, it hurts me more than it hurts you. 🙂
The thing is not only are prints tricky, but they are controversial. If you really want to see people take sides of an argument, don’t discuss politics. Discuss florals.
And that’s exactly what I’m going to do in today’s video.
These are just my opinions, of course, and other fashion experts might disagree. They would be wrong, of course, but they might disagree. (Kidding! I”m only kidding! Sort of.)
To further add to the controversy, you can’t just take a print as a stand-alone item. You have to combine the print with the item of clothing and make your call that way. A modern print can update a potentially frumpy silhouette, and vice versa.
So here, my take on the categories of prints, with both good and not-so examples for each.
You can find everything mentioned in this video right here.
The Splashy Floral
Splashy florals are big, bold, and a little loud, which is their strength and also their weakness. These florals look best when they are modern (and I’ll show you what that looks like below) and when they are used to decorate cool and contemporary clothing styles.
The Tropical Floral
Tropical prints are not just for Hawaiian shirts, anymore. A cool and modern tropical print on a great silhouette is a fun look for warm weather. But beware of the dodgy prints, usually adorning bathing suits and boxy shorts.
The Ditsy Floral
This sweet floral features a random pattern of small scale flowers, often in soft colors. Paired with youthful pieces, it can border on impossible to wear, but in small or sophisticated doses it’s feminine and fun.
The Rich Print
This sophisticated print, often done in dark colors and luxurious fabrics, is a work of art and often unique to the label, The quality of the print is evident in its uniqueness and intricacy, and it elevates everything it touches.
Prints Charming or Alarming
Following are examples of prints gone right and those that miss the mark a little.
What did you think of my prints hits and misses? And would you like to see more videos about prints? Let me know in the comments!