Now that summer has begun, Fashionistas everywhere slip into their “summer uniforms” — a piece or outfit combination that you feel confident in and wear every other day for the next three months. I am guilty of this uniform routine. Every summer I find a white lace top that I wear, without fail, five days out of the week. Starting Memorial Day and through Labor Day, these uniforms, though easy and simple, take over our closets and our creativity. Why would I risk wearing a new blouse when I know my white lace top goes with everything and makes me look tan? Instead of falling into a summer uniform, I propose that Fashionistas use the summer months to take chances. Try a new trend, invest in a different style, or simply rock your summer uniform with a twist. One way to do this is with prints. Prints and patterns are the best way to jazz up a beach or barbeque ensemble. All-white and color block looks are easily worn out and overdone. With prints and patterns, however, you can change up your look and add variety to your closet!
This Fashionista took note of the importance of print. Her white shorts are dressed up with a red rose print that is eye-catching but simple enough because of the monochrome tones of the pattern. Her red belt highlights the print and brings attention to the bright color. To let her shorts shine, the Fashionista completes her look with a black blouse and brown leather flats. Dainty gold jewelry like her necklace match the whimsicality of her shorts and gives her room to add unique accessories, like her double-faced watch.
To make this look yours, find a pattern you love and invest in the piece. Whether it is a floral button-down or polka-dot jeans, find a print that flatters you and makes you feel beautiful and confident, just like our summer uniforms do. To take it a step further, pair a print with another print. This Fashionista’s shorts would look stunning paired with a striped shirt. Print mixing might seem daunting, but it is easy when you follow some basic rules. One, try to find prints that have similar color combinations, that way they complement each other instead of clash. Another piece of advice is to mix small prints with big prints, like these delicate floral shorts with a bold striped top. Patterns of different scale balance each other well while too many big patterns can be overwhelming and too many little patterns blend together.
In the next few months, I urge Fashionistas to break away from their summer uniforms and try something new. Prints and patterns are a fabulous way to do this, and can add variety and spontaneity to any outfit. Who knows, maybe you’ll surprise yourself and feel just as confident in a new piece as you do your summer uniform.