I am pretty partial to a good print and my two favourites to wear are definitely stripes and animal print. I thought I would do a little post on my latest outfit and include a few tips on how to rock a print clash. This dusky pink zip through skirt from Dorothy Perkins provided the ultimate base for simple, utility inspired outfits throughout the Summer. I am so pleased we're getting an extra bout of sunshine so I can continue to get optimum wear out of this little baby before packing away my Summer clothes for a long Winter ahead - does anyone else feel like it was only the other day they had to pack their Summer bits away!? Summer come back!! I really love this style of skirt, I always seem to chop and change what styles I like to wear and feel suit me best - if you'd have shown me a straight cut, loose fitting, knee length skirt a year or so ago I probably would've laughed in your face and said something along the lines of "I wouldn't be seen dead in that!!" However, I just think this relaxed, utility style is super easy to wear, is so versatile and most of all which I tend to base most of my outfits on these days - is the comfort factor. Which again, once upon a time I would have always put looking good over being comfortable, but as you grow up you realise actually, comfort really is key. I think I'm probably more inclined to think this because I'm a busy Mama, I just want simplicity now when it comes to my outfits. I do believe you can stay stylish whilst maximising comfort, which I hope, I have proved here with this outfit(?)!
The reason why I wanted to mix up my prints a little with this skirt, is that, although it is a fab skirt, I felt it needed a little bit extra going on with it as it is quite a large expanse of plain material, especially if you're quite petite like me. So I wanted to break it up a little and just because an outfit is simple or comfy, doesn't mean you can't inject a little fun into it - I don't want to strip my personal style down to the absolute bare minimum, I still want my personality to come across and this is so easily achieved if you're wondering how to get that balance. I love a high neck top and this little striped number was a bargain in Primark and I believe they have plenty of other colours to chose from as well. By opting for a monochrome stripe it keeps the whole ensemble in fairly neutral territory colour palette wise, but just adds a little bit of interest with a splash of bold pattern. The trick to a successful print clash if you want to keep your look quite minimal and save it from being too in your face, is to combine a bold piece - such as this top, with a more subtle element such as these gorgeous metallic and leopard print sandals. With there being quite a lot of distance between the two prints, it also helps to keep the look refined with just a subtle nod to injecting prints.
What do you think - are you a fan of the pattern clash? Do you have any tips for working it? Let me know in the comments!
What I'm Wearing:
Top - Primark
*Skirt - c/o Dorothy Perkins (sold out but similar here)
*Sandals - Ravel c/o Dorothy Perkins (similar here)
*Bag - c/o Dorothy Perkins (similar here)
Cat Eye Sunglasses - ASOS
I find clashing your prints works best with one main item of clothing plus an accessory, but working prints into accessories alone and keeping the main outfit super simple could also look very effective. Other print clashes to experiment with are mixing different animal prints - zebra print and dalmation dots for a graphic, monochrome overload and leopard print works well with a moc croc effect if you keep the colour palette neutral, which, if you look closely, you'll see I've actually done here with this beaut tan bag. Accessories and jewellery wise I find gold works well to contrast against different patterns and break it up, but again in a very subtle way to save it from looking a tad trashy. I've kept jewellery to a minimum here with just my Olivia Burton grey and gold Wonderland watch, which ties in nicely with the gold zip on the skirt and detailing on the bag.