As some of you have seen on my Facebook page, I was helping my friend Carolina Caruso in styling her fashion shoot (check out her blog for the full sneak peek!). The clothes and accessories were kindly provided by FinforWorld, a new fashion initiative aiming to support emerging designers around the globe.
One of the looks was a classic nautical look that you could wear to any day or night time event by the water: A crisp white top, statement pants with anchor print, silver wedges and a clutch (in snake print, just to say you are actually a city girl!).
While the look was just perfect for the shooting location, I was wondering what else you could do with those anchor print pants in every day life, assuming that most of us do not own a boat and are not members of a yacht club… unfortunately.
Some say “This trend is only a fashion fad – I mean c’mon! WHO would be able to wear it in daily life??”. Some also say “Yeah they are cool, but I’m sure I will get tired of it after a few times. And then it will stay in the back of my closet forever.”
Personally, I think bold prints are really fun and can always be styled in a wearable way (no excuse there!). And regarding getting tired of the look… yeah, I know that phenomenon too, but let me tell you with the right print that works on you in terms of colours, pattern, fabric and everything, you can restyle it year after year and always look updated. The secret is to find the right one (… and we all know how tricky this can be, right ladies?).
Let’s imagine you have found the perfect maxi skirt for you. Here are a few things to consider in terms of “How To Style It”: Bold visuals automatically draw attention to themselves and maxi dresses are long (i.e.provide a lot of print space), so per definition you will get A LOT of visual attention when you decide to wear your brand new maxi dress with bold prints.
With this in mind, the choice for the rest of the outfit becomes clear: Do not combine with another bold pattern (unless you have a masters degree in pattern-mixing or are a you are uber-fashionista who wants to be noticed) and keep colours in harmony with the colours of the maxi skirt print.
Also, as maxi skirts tend to be flowy and voluminous, wear something more tailored on your upper body if you don’t want to look too saggy overall.