I really love a great print, but then I did study print design when I was at university back in 2001, so I have always had a passion for it. I love the many ways print can be used, brick repeat, random repeat, check and free hand painted designs. A print can add texture and depth to the fabric and I feel there is something for all personalities from sharp graphic prints to artistic florals.
Prints are so versatile and there are many different ways of wearing them. If you’re thinking of introducing a small amount of print to your wardrobe then pick colours which will work with existing items. For example, I love a black and white print, and adding a printed jacket or scarf to your favourite black dress can be a simple way to start.
This season we have had such a great choice of printed designs, the biggest trend this season being stripes, as seen on many of the catwalks this spring. We had stripes from Mama b, Rundholz and Moyuru.
I love the Rundholz prints this Season, the Black Label collection has alphabetical prints and the words are from the Oscar wild story, ‘The Canterville Ghost’. The collection has stripes, layered repeats, block repeats and random prints of large ‘a’.
Layering is a great way to add print and you can be subtle or bold, I have layered a black sleeveless top over a long sleeve printed top, it looks great but also lets you take the sleeveless top though to autumn.
You can also add print subtly by choosing one like these grey trousers which are two shades of grey. I have teamed them up with a grey cardigan which has a subtle embossed lettering in the knit, and the white top breaks up the grey and make it look fresh.
Here, I have layered a printed top and jacket both in the same style print but with reversed colours which I think looks bold and edgy, it makes much more impact.
Here I am in my favourite purchase of the season, I am actually wearing them today. They are a very bold black and white print but look great teamed up with a randomly placed print t.shirt in the same lettering style.
In this photo, I am wearing the same style of printed trouser but in the blue which is much more subtle than the contrasting black and white print. To give the outfit even more ‘wow factor’ I have added a bold printed white and blue tee. This outfit shows how well two different prints can work well together.
As well as stripes being a big trend this season, they are also very classic. I am always wearing my black pinstripe trousers from about 4 years ago. I love these striped harems which I wore on my holiday this month. Teamed with a black t.shirt they look very classic and I know these will be in my summer wardrobe 4 years from now.
In this outfit I have shown how well you can mix a stripe with a different print. The top has a subtle lettering print with a layered white ‘a’, using the same shade of colour really helps when mixing prints.