Play up the print

Take it from someone who tends to shy away from prints (and bright colours!), it’s not entirely easy to wear them things. My brain’s been conditioned to stick with practical, it-can-be-worn-with-anything solid, often neutral-coloured pieces. We all know that, though an all-black ensemble can be timeless and sophisticated — depending on the combination and how it’s worn, of course – there will come a time that solids and neutrals, no matter how safe they are, will exact a very bland impression on one’s look. That’s why I envy those folks who can don vibrant colours and prints with ease.

Valleygirl, Esprit, Top, Cardigan, Prints | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style

As a work around, I would venture into getting pieces with quaint lines and texture which I believe will make an outfit a little more interesting even when it mostly is neutral colours. I’d opt for items made out of not-so-ordinary materials and would toy with pairing them.

However, over the past few years, I’ve gradually injected prints and introduced more colours to my style palette. I try to keep the prints low key and would carefully choose colours I’d be comfortable to wear. I’m known to experiment with a lot when it comes to style anyway. Besides, I’m actually having fun exploring the variety of print options available in the market at the moment such as the selection of dresses I got in various botanical prints. Of course, when we say prints, we’re not limited to just flora, fauna and fruit prints. Y’all should know that there are loads more options out there.

Valleygirl, Cardigan, Prints | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Valleygirl, AUD$ 19.95 (roughly around Php 894.00)

Prints generally are accents that make an outfit. If you’re only starting to build your wardrobe selection, one good tip is to invest in an outerwear item like a cardigan. Wearing it over a solid shift dress or plain frock will add a different element to your look.

Valleygirl, Top, Prints | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Valleygirl, AUD$ 14.95 (roughly around Php 670.00)

One of the most common and quite easy to wear print is the stripe. But, one of the downsides of this particular print is it has a bit of a casual and conventional mix. Opting for contemporary pieces like the boyfriend shirt can offer a more urban, less traditional feel to the print. Jazzing it up with fashion accessories, jewelry or even throwing in an additional layer like a cardi, waistcoat or jacket, will earn the look a considerable interest plus these things will provide a good break to the monotonous lines.

Valleygirl, Top, Prints | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Valleygirl, AUD$ 14.95 (roughly around Php 670.00)

Tie-dye is one of the micro-trends that hit the fashion scene recently. This print is reminiscent of 60′s hippie era (it did remind me of the tie-dyed t-shirts I used to make back in the 90s, haha) and can be a bit daunting esp if you’re the sort that prefers a more cosmopolitan style. It’s actually good to note that there are items that render this print in a manner suitable that taste; pretty much like the top seen in the photo. If you find the idea of wearing the print a bit uncomfortable, trick is to find one made out of fantastic fabric and go for dark, rich hues (not necessarily black, of course).

Esprit, Top, Prints | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Esprit, AUD$ 17.48 (roughly around Php 783.00), originally priced at AUD$ 69.95 (roughly around Php 3,137.00)

I’m sure most folks are not new to wearing checks and plaid. These actually went mainstream (again) a few years back but was actually all the rage back in the early hip-hop fashion in the 90s. It somehow managed to stay within the style radar of a number of fashionistas from then on. These prints, plaid in particular, are the sort that offer a rustic feel to a look. It’s generally more casual and light, esp if you end up choosing to get them in any of the numerous colour options. It’s one of the more cheerful and youthful prints to wear.

These are just a few thoughts on wearing some prints individually. Wait till you get to trying out print clashing. Now, that will blow your mind away, haha.

How do you feel about wearing prints? Any print in particular that captured your fancy lately?

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Comments

  1. I love prints but I don’t feel like wearing the ones I have eh. I get this feeling that they look tacky. What do you suggest I do? what type of prints are in season now?

    • I’d say wear whatever you feel like wearing but if you’re looking to wear the trends, you can try botanical or tribal/global prints. Hope that helps!

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