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Guest blog: Find your perfect fashion prints

Wenda James-Rowe founded Cardiff-based image consultancy the Style Team in 2004 after qualifying as an Image Consultant with Colour Me Beautiful in 2002. For more fashion and style tips visit her website: thestyleteam.com

By Wenda James-Rowe

Wenda James-Rowe shares her style tips on wearing the best prints.

Pattern is worth investing in if you like it, but (and it’s a big but), you need to choose designs that suit you.

Pattern can add sartorial punch to your wardrobe without having to go overboard and it’s a great way to update your look.

So, whether it’s bringing in separates and accessories or choosing one statement piece, don’t be afraid to invest in pattern but do make sure you find the right prints for you.

Choosing prints

The patterns you choose will depend largely on your personal taste. However, picking something simply because you like it doesn’t mean it’s going to suit you. So, here are our top tips to consider when choosing pattern:

Pattern can detract or draw attention, depending on what part of the body you are wearing it. You need to wear pattern in a way that flatters your shape. If you are a ‘triangle’ shape, for example, you will not want to accentuate your wider hips so pattern on the bottom half is a no-no. You should wear print on your top half, however, as it will draw the eye to your upper body and away from the hips giving the illusion of a balanced shape.

Your scale

A simple approach to working out what is best for you is to consider whether you have more straight lines or more curves in your figure. As a general guideline, prints with straight lines such as stripes or graphics work best on straighter bodies whilst rounder, softer shapes work best on curvier bodies.

Wearability

Pattern can detract or draw attention, depending on what part of the body you are wearing it. You need to wear pattern in a way that flatters your shape.

If you are a ‘triangle’ shape, for example, you will not want to accentuate your wider hips so pattern on the bottom half is a no-no. You should wear print on your top half, however, as it will draw the eye to your upper body and away from the hips giving the illusion of a balanced shape.

Prints of the season

Key Look 1 : Stripes

  • Find it in dresses, skirts, tops and handbags.
  • Ideal for straighter bodies; wear finer stripes in the same colour but different tones if you are more curvy. Avoid stripes across fuller parts of the body. A rounded tummy will ‘disappear’ under a print.
  • Small and large stripes together, diagonal stripes, stripes in a range of colours on one garment.

Key Look 2 : Oriental Florals

  • Softer and fewer flowers; some pieces have a print in one area rather than all over so it’s easier to pull off (but think about where the print sits on your body). This style lends itself to more fluid fabric so looks ultra-feminine.
  • Can be a good ‘minimal’ floral option for fuller figures. *Find it in silky jackets, dresses and tops.

Pick the right size polka dots to suit your figure. (Photo by Shandi Lee-Cox)

Key Look 3 : Polka Dot

  • Both large and small spots on everything and in all colours. The season’s look is modern 40’s and 50’s vintage.
  • Get the right size of spot and a good colour combination for you. Black, navy, brown or dark beige and white combinations are the classic options.
  • Find it in full skirts, fitted jackets, feminine blouses.

Top Print Tips

  • If you just want to dip your toe in pattern then wear the season’s top accessory: the silk print scarf. If you’re not a scarf type of woman then try an animal print bag in a summer colour.
  • To keep it understated wear pattern with a very simple top and wear minimal accessories.
  • Whatever pattern you go for, make sure it is in your colours!

Make-up Spring Clean
Your make-up bag needs a refresh just like your wardrobe and Spring is the perfect time for a cosmetics overhaul.

  • Cosmetics get old and retain bacteria after a while so you need to update them accordingly. Mascara should be replaced every three months whilst eyeliner, eye shadow, blusher and lipstick last about 18 months. If your make-up gets claggy, gooey, dried out or starts to smell unpleasant then throw it away.
  • Do you use all the items in your make-up bag? If some are redundant then you are either a creature of habit and wear the same thing every day, or, you bought some shades that don’t really suit you. Just like clothes, make-up should enhance your look so think carefully when you buy.
  • It’s easy to stick to what you know but don’t get in a make-up rut! Try a new colour from time to time, just be sure that it is in a shade that compliments your colouring.

To get the maximum value out of your make-up and create some fresh looks for Spring and Summer why not treat yourself to a Style Team Make-up Lesson.

Happy Shopping!

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