How To Wear Contrast Prints

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Johanna Payton

thumbnail-clashing-printsIt takes a bold fashion fan to wear an animal print pussy bow blouse with a pair of floral print silk trousers, but if you want to make a statement as the summer draws to a close, contrasting prints is a great way to do it.

This isn’t a trend that suits the faint-hearted; as demonstrated in AW11/12 campaigns by designer brands such as Roberto Cavalli and Givency. Putting in-your-face printed separates together requires some serious style attitude. As a rule, the brighter and more striking the prints are the more exciting the effect will be when you put them together. But you can compromise a little if you’re worried about looking like a walking fireworks display. Two contrasting prints with a shared colour can look amazing. Or you could choose two prints on the same theme for a stunning result – for example, wear this floral kimono by Topshop with Dorothy Perkins’ floral palazzo pants and you’re as close to a safe bet as contrast prints get.

But to really push this look to the limit, consider a total clash; the chain print blouse by ASOS is practically crying out to be worn with Mantaray’s A-Line skirt – a brilliant look for the office; if you’re going out to party, knock ‘em dead by wearing this sizzling bandeau dress by ASOS with the beautiful bird print jacket by Miss Selfridge; or, on holiday, you might find that this animal print jersey jumpsuit by boohoo gets an extra dose of the ‘wow factor’ when you wear it with a funky printed headband, or carry this cute clutch in its presence.

This is also a trend that can save you a few pennies; trawl through your summer wardrobe and choose your fave printed pieces, then you only need to buy a printed bag or even a printed scarf to pull off the contrast effect.

Whatever combinations you choose, just remember to stick to two contrasting prints at a time so you don’t go over the top, keeping other accessories or separates low key. And if you suspect that your beloved floral maxi would look slightly garish with an animal print bangle or two, you’re on exactly the right track!

Mix and match:


Shop the Look: Dorothy Perkins grey zebra print cardigan £29.50, Miss KG high heel shoes £80.00, Topshop green animal print jumpsuit £50.00, Topshop green wire headband £6.50, Drawstring Dog Print Shopper £9.99

1950’s style prints:


Shop the Look: Whistles Pleather Skirt, Animal Print £135.00,  New Look Floral Shell Top £22.99, Nine West Nude Glowing High heel shoes£105.00, ASOS Knitted Turban £15, Topshop Chocolate Tapestry Print Frame Holdall £30.00

Retro style prints:


Shop the Look:  Phase Eight Moscow Print Skirt £75.00, American Retro printed cotton blend t-shirt £61.50, Margit Brandt pink bow detail leather clutch bag £89.00, Carvela colour block wedge platform sandals £69.00

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