If you are a play-it-safe-fashion kind of girl then you have probably avoided prints when making your style choices. Block colours and clean silhouettes are so much easier to mix and match and can easily be adjusted to last through a couple of seasons. Well there is no hiding behind block colour this season; large, graphic images are bursting all over the catwalks. So it’s time to be bold, be brave and find the print that works for you.

We’ve probably all dipped our toe into ditsy prints from time to time. It’s the easiest of all the print families but it’s also not going to set the fashion world on fire. Whether you are a print novice or graphics queen, it’s about time you started pushing the boundaries.

Ideal for beginners

If you have always shied away from prints, then it is really time to get in on the action, great pattern can make an otherwise boring outfit stand out. Eastern designs are a chic and stylish introduction to prints.  The kimono started making a comeback last spring summer and the high street rails are already stocking up. A silky Kimono, thrown over a little black dress is a great way to work the print trend without going too far out of your comfort zone.


Old Faithfuls

If you have been known to work a floral or two then you will know how effective this print can be. This year though it is about pushing your fashion boundaries so leave behind friendly flowers and pump up the volume with large floral prints and graphic designs.

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Tongue in Chic

For those who like to work a bit of fun into your fashion, keep an eye out for Hawaiian prints. Normally the reserve of Englishman on holidays, these fun, colourful designs have been reworked into smart office wear for the spring summer season.


Only for the brave

If you are a fan of a print or two then why not take it to the next level with this year’s co-ordinates?  Whether you are pairing a graphic crop top with matching pencil skirt or a boxy t-shirt with matching trousers, head-to-toe prints is the way to go. Go for small prints if you are petite so you don’t get swamped but tall girls can go for the bigger the better!


The really fashion forward have been testing out clashing prints, but unless you have oodles of confidence and the ability to laugh off comments about getting dressed in the dark then I’d leave that to the professionals if I were you.

By Samantha Vandersteen

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