Wearing prints doesn’t have to be daunting. With a little bit of outfit inspiration, gingham, floral, and graphics prints can be just as easy to style as any solid colors you have in rotation this summer. Here are 18 ways to wear them, so now you have no excuse not to give them a try.
Go for ’50s flair and pair a gingham midi skirt with a button-down shirt knotted at the waist, like Hannah Bronfman.
A Pair & a Spare
A retro print is a whimsical way to make tailored shorts feel youthful. Team it up with a simple tank top and some neutral brown or tan accessories, like a fedora and cork heels.
For the more daring dressers, reach for a bold, graphic print. With prints of this nature, seek a dress silhouette that is elegant in shape, like this waist-defining sundress. Try it with metallic shoes and a sleek black clutch to modernize the look.
Dress Up for Armageddon
Why not go for a matching set, like this culotte-and-camisole number? The length and cut of these culottes makes the printed look seem more ladylike than a shorter matching bottom. Feel free to mix prints with a contrasting accessory, like this striped bag.
Whether you’re headed to the office or drinks with friends, a micro print is just the thing your tailored shirtdress needs to pack a bit more punch. Grab a leather jacket and chunky sandals and you’re good to go!
For the office, opt for a more monotone, abstract print. This midi skirt pairs perfectly with a white camisole and classic pumps. Not to mention that with a black-and-white look, it leaves room to mix in some brighter accessories.
Luella & June
Date night may call for a sexier number, but that doesn’t have to mean a micro-mini! The cutout detail and waist-defining silhouette of this printed dress is certainly after-hours-approved. Style with simple accessories to keep all the attention on that cutout!
What the Chung
When hitting the beach, grab a printed caftan or cover-up to allow yourself to feel a little bit more festive. This polka-dot maxi is an easy poolside pairing for your favorite summer suit. Belt it or wear it loose and add some scrappy flats to finish off the look.
Sure, we love a pair of blue jeans and a white tee, but sometimes we yearn for a little bit more pizzazz. Opting for a bright, printed blouse is an easy way to make an otherwise simple look more eye-catching.
Every girl should have a printed dress to throw on and go for summer. For a piece that will take you from morning to night, we suggest a micro print in neutral tones.
Try a blousy printed silk T-shirt with a midi skirt for work. The proportions are perfection.
A rule of thumb when mixing prints (or shopping for a piece with two prints, like this dress) is to make sure the prints are of similar color families, but different scales. Try a micro print with an oversize print to maximize the effect.
The Blonde Salad
Try a sophisticated romper in printed silk. It has the ease of a sundress and the functionality of shorts. Pair with espadrilles.
Cupcakes and Cashmere
Anchor a matching set with a denim jacket. It helps to prevent your print of choice from feeling too overwhelming.
Damsel in Dior
With simple silhouettes, like a flowy silk midlength dress, look for a large yet understated pattern. With this much surface area, graphic prints in pretty pastels flatter best. Wear with neutral suede sandals, nothing too aggressive.
Pursuit of Shoes
A sweet patterned top softens up edgier pieces. Try a half-tuck of your top and style with a black mini and ankle boots (it’s also a great look to transition to fall).
A fun way to play with pattern this summer is to look for a dress with both a print and a texture. The design gives a colorful print interesting dimension.
If you’re itching for a way to wear a large, bold pattern but still feel ladylike, look no further than the silk pencil-skirt-and-cami combo. Reach for a large-scale print with a neutral base color and tuck in a coordinating top.
For more summer outfit ideas:
13 Ways You Can Still Wear Denim on Hot Summer Days
4 Fun and Flirty Ways to Show Some Skin Without Baring It All
12 Summer Weekend Outfit Ideas for People Who Don’t Wear Shorts
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