Monday, 27 February 2012

Prettiest In Print

I’m a textile designer at heart so I have a bit of a soft spot for prints and am delighted to see them making such an impact this season.  They’re bold, and I mean BOLD!  From tropical to geometric to paisley and floral (giant, tiny and painterly) you won’t be able to get away from them, but why would you?!   
Mary Katrantzou
Holly Fulton
Christopher Kane

Proenza Schouler
Stella McCartney

Images thanks to

With such a variety of prints to choose from this season, you may find it hard to decide what to go for, or how to wear it.  If you love prints like I do, then jump in with both feet and try a pair of printed trousers.  If you prefer to take it steady, then there are plenty of gorgeous accessories that will hit the spot.  A printed bag, or pair of floral pumps will nod to the trend with very little commitment.

Here are some of my favourite print pieces so far…
1. Hawaiian print skirt from Zara
2. Floral hair band from Primark
3. Jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins
4. Leather jacket with shoulder detail from Miss Selfridge
5. Floral vintage look dress from Zara
6. Floral skinny jeans from Dorothy Perkins
7. Shoes from ASOS
8. Jacket from Zara
9. Shorts from ASOS

Images from PRshots, Zara, Oasis, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins

I love to mix my prints up, stripes and floral prints work brilliantly together, but I also like to throw leopard print into the mix too.  It's a great way to pull together your own take on the trend.  You need to be confident with your choices, sometimes it’s the prints that clash that make the best combination so wear them like they were meant to be together to avoid looking like you got dressed in the dark.  
  • If one colour features in both prints, this will help tie them together.
  • It helps if one of the prints is bolder than the other, otherwise they will compete for attention, and it’s unlikely to work.
  • Adding a belt in a colour that is featured in both prints is a great way to ensure they tie together perfectly. 
  • Try mixing different textures together; I like to mix silk and knitwear together for a different look.
  • Make sure you don’t get lost in the print, if it’s too bold for you, they’ll wear you rather than the other way round.
Here are some ideas...

Whether you like to mix it up or prefer to keep things simple, the choice is huge out there.  I’m convinced there’s a print for everyone. 
How will you be wearing prints this season?  Have you have spotted or bought something awesome recently that you think should know about?  Please share it by commenting below!


dinoprincesschar said...

i've always been drawn to prints, and tend to buy little else so am pretty much always wearing a print-on-print clash, which is fine by me :) i'll certainly be embracing the prints this season!

Niki said...

Hi dinoprincesschar, thanks for comenting :) You must be loving it this season with all the print! Will be watching your blog for some print-on-print inspiration x

Lilogi said...

Great round-up and tips for wearing the trend! Print mania is definitely a key trend for spring, and it's one of our favourites. Check out our spring trend round-up for more inspiration!

- Lilogi

SJP said...

Mary Katrantzou can do no wrong! I love print, though I have such an eclectic wardrobe that when I clash it it often just looks exactly that! I love the Hawaiian print Zara skirt and Dorothy Perkins jumpsuit, and it's payday tomorrow so I might accidentally have to pop into the shops on my way home, damn it! : )

Niki said...

I love the Zara skirt too altough I have a soft spot for jumpsuits...they're so easy to wear and more practical than a dress. Happy shopping! xx

Jules M said...

This is such a helpful post! I've been wanting to mix up patterns together and this is very useful ;) Thanks for the comment on my blog!

Arash Mazinani said...

I remember helping in a fashion show at HN that had some Mary Katranzou dresses in, they're absolutely gorgeous. The prints are phenomenal!

Niki said...

Thanks, I'm pleased you've found it useful :) I look forward to seeing some print mixing outftis :) x

Niki said...

That must have been so inspiring, her designs make me want to start designing again x