Are you ready to step out of your clothing comfort zone and play with print this season?
From floral and stripe infusions at Versace to head-to-toe patchwork at Etro, the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks were rife with loud hues and contrasting combinations. Think complete carnage, but in the very best way.
You got it – clashing prints are making a comeback for SS19. Arguably one of the most creative and fun trends for the warmer months, all you need is confidence to be able to not just wear this trend, but wear it with style.
New to clashing prints or finding them a little tricky to master? Not to worry – read on for how to nail them to stand out for all the right reasons.
Match the Same Type of Print With a Different Variation
Look pretty in print this season by rocking an outfit in the same type of print and then clashing the print on top with a variation on the bottom.
For example, opt for the same floral bloom in the form of a shirt and trousers combination for a smart casual occasion, but be sure to alter the colour or the size of the print for the second piece a la Louis Vuitton.
Alternatively, for casual wear, try a cute horizontal striped tee in neutral hues (like navy and white) and pair it with a horizontal striped miniskirt in a multitude of rainbow hues.
Either way, you’re sure to pop in the summer sunshine.
Mix Up Alternate Styles of the Same Print
Another way you can experiment with clashing prints is by wearing a different style of the same print in one outfit for a unique, fashion-forward look.
For instance, wide-legged trousers featuring large blooms teamed with a ditsy floral print blouse is super on-point in the style stakes for SS19.
You could also consider throwing on a black and white zebra print long sleeved top with a classic beige and black leopard print midi skirt to channel ladylike luxe, as inspired by Burberry.
And do you know what this means? That’s right – animal print is sticking around for another season. Roar-some.
Create a Clashing Print Party
Now, for the interesting part – not all clashing prints need to be so coordinated. Adventurous style mavens, take note!
Designers such as Self Portrait and Dolce & Gabbana have made it perfectly acceptable to mix random patterns to create eclectic and artistic ensembles.
Whether this an outfit that consists of a printed dress with an opposing printed jacket or a hero piece in the form of a mesmerising mixed print maxi dress, one thing’s for sure: chaotic fashion has never been so cool.
Opt for an All-In-One Piece
Struggling to get your creative juices flowing with this trend? That’s okay – it happens to the best of us. In this case, why not opt for an all-in-one piece that does the clashing for you?
Patchwork jumpsuits or dresses are great options to ease you in gently, especially in soft and earthy tones a la Chloe.
If you fancy being a bit more daring, embrace clashing prints consisting of vivid colours in the primary palette (such as reds and blues) and you’re guaranteed to turn heads.
Pulling Together Clashing Prints for SS19
Clashing prints may be an acquired taste, but if you take the time to explore them and learn what works for you, they can be wardrobe-altering.
For newbies, start small with a floral blazer and check shorts or a subtle animal print crop top with a bold polka dot print mini skirt.
Oh, and don’t forget to keep your makeup and accessories to a minimum. After all, the trick is to let your clashing prints stand out and do the talking – and boy, do they have a lot to say.
What do you think to the clashing prints trend of SS19? How would you wear them?
Katie Davies is the Yorkshire-based freelance writer who founded Trendy Tourist. Since 2017, she has written for over 100 companies on a range of subjects, from fashion to marketing. When she’s not producing content, you can find her shopping, exploring a new place or sitting somewhere having a cup of builder’s tea.