My everyday style has had a fantastic boost this week. I don’t know about you but my wardrobe is in that limbo land between autumn and winter.
The warm days mean that winter pieces are lying and hanging there unworn and unloved.
We’ve supposedly moved on from summer but then we get a few 25 degree days. What’s with that?
I’ll admit it. I get bored with wearing the same style of clothes. That’s why it’s so much fun to add another level to the #everydaystyle challenge.
Even more fun when someone else does it for us.
Vanessa – the talented and stylish woman behind Style and Shenanigans – has been hosting a challenge all week. The #snsprint challenge has come with a daily prompt to incorporate a different print in our daily outfit.
Yesterday was spots, today is geo/checks. Tomorrow is print clash.
So, I’ve joined in. It’s given me a guide as to what to wear each day. It’s made me get out a piece from my wardrobe to suit the day’s challenge but also to suit what that particular day is dishing up, work or play-wise.
In this photo below, I was getting a head start on the week’s challenge with a print clash. Well, my low-key version of a print clash: stripes and leopard print.
Maybe buying and wearing printed clothes or accessories just scares the wardrobe life out of you? That’s ok. I’ve got some tips for you, should you wish to dip your toe – or your whole body – into them.
Prints and patterns are the chief show ponies of your wardrobe. They are ready, willing and able to come out to play and give any basic outfit a lift to the next level.
You don’t need to own and wear all kinds of prints but having one or two in your wardrobe will extend the types of looks you can create every day.
Wardrobe tips: prints
1. If you’re a minimalist then a striped print is most probably the easiest for you to embrace. Navy or black stripes work with almost any other piece. They are the most classic offering from the print department but they still have an amazing ability to pop a basic outfit.
2. If you love a bit of fun in your outfits then spots are your friend. Spots are the most cheeky print of the fashion world. The just want to have fun and you can’t help but smile when wearing them. There are spots at all your favourite stores this season so if this is your thing, buy up!
3. Tread carefully with florals. Such care only applies to those not fully on board the print bandwagon. For me, my style is not overly feminine so adding in florals to an outfit can sometimes look out of place at best and nana-ish at worst. If I stick to a modern floral I get away with it. Small florals are not my friend either. Some of my girlfriends can clash any kind of floral and look AMAZING. That’s not me. Having said that, I can get away with adding a scarf or a jacket to a basic outfit.
4. Leopard or animal print can be considered as neutrals. I discussed this concept in this post but I’ll re-state my case here. When worn selectively, animal print adds interest and texture to an outfit but it’s also super easy to wear a piece in this print back with almost anything. Worried about the overwhelm? Don’t wear it all over – or near your face.
5. If in doubt, incorporate prints in your accessories – shoes, bags, scarves. This is by no means a cop out to the challenge of wearing a print. In fact, the clever placement of prints in an accessory in an otherwise basic outfit can make the whole outfit pop. It’s a great way to bring a bit of fun into a corporate wardrobe.
Check out below – this is just a small selection of the print-wearing goodness that happened in #everydaystyle this week thanks to Vanessa’s six-day #snsprint challenge.
I love that each of these women highlight the show-pony power of adding a printed piece or accessory to your outfit.
Special mention must got to Kim-Marie from Kimba Likes. Print week is EVERY week for this lady of style.
And if anyone is more excited about the print clash day tomorrow, then I’d be very surprised. Kim-Marie combines prints and patterns and clashes of colour like it’s the most natural thing in the wardrobe world.
I don’t share the same confidence but she inspires me to take baby steps out of my comfort zone.
Want to join in? Simply upload a photo of yourself showing your everyday style to Instagram or Facebook, use the #everydaystyle and tag @stylingyou so I can find you. Don’t feel you have to post every day. Post when you can. For consideration in my outfit of the week round up, I look first for clear, in-focus photos without text or borders on them. These work in best with the montage layout.
Check out Wardrobe Wednesday with Kim-Marie on Kimba Likes.
Over 30? Rach from Redcliffe Style links up with other style bloggers each Thursday for 30+ Style.
This week Andrea from Fox in Flats is challenging us to wear our black leather or pleather jackets – to not just keep them for good.
How was your everyday style this week? What’s your favourite print to wear?
* This garment was gifted to me for editorial consideration