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Apr 20, 2011
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Pick of the Week: Proper Prints
While I love a signature "look" as much as anyone, it's always good to mix it up a little. While you won't see me uber-trendy pieces (harem pants, flatforms, clogs), I do try to incorporate seasonal looks, trends and colors as much as possible when the seasons change. But what's even more fun is adding a little imperfection to the mix. Let it be said that unexpectedness in an outfit can lead to the best possible results. It's charming, even.
I've always loved adding a bold shoe to an otherwise neutral look—say, a red, blue or snake-print shoe with a black dress. Sometimes I like to take it a step further by mixing prints. That might mean pairing my pink and white button-up with a soft, watercolor-ish floral cardi, or my navy and white striped tank with a lightweight leopard-print scarf. Mixing prints is huge this season and you'll be seeing it everywhere if you haven't already.
If you don't want to mix prints in your actual ensemble, consider adding 'em in your shoe or handbag. These are three looks I love, all courtesy of InStyle.com, that show how adding a high-impact shoe or accessory can add miles of style to a look. How to do it yourself?
Take a look at these stylish ladies and consider:
-Add a bright shoe/handbag to a neutral look. This could mean the nude/coral combo Minka Kelly has (above), or even these to-die-for Tory Burch espadrilles with an olive shirtdress.
-If something feels right, rock it! Here Heidi Klum sports an tribal-print top with polka-dot heels with fantastic results. It works because the prints don't clash and complement one another, and the colors aren't too wild and crazy.
-Typically, polka dots or stripes work very well with florals. Animal prints also tend to play off stripes very nicely as well. Match the scale of patterns with each other; for example, a small-scale floral print works nicely with small polka dots; or go big and bold with big polka dots and florals.
-If you're still unsure, pair matching shades like Elizabeth Banks does here—a black-and-white print dress with pink-and-black striped platforms. The shoes still match the dress but the pink punches up the ensemble. If you want to experiment with your wardrobe, pair pieces that are in the same color family but have different prints—say, a black-and-white floral skirt with a black-and-white striped top.
What's great about the mixing-prints concept is that anyone of any age can do it—and you can find it in any price point, too! Look in your existing wardrobe for neutral pieces that you can pair with a vibrant clutch, or wear that printed top with a pair of leopard-print flats the next time you're stumped on what to wear.