Style Advice of the Week

April showers may be approaching but we’re not going to let a little rain stop us from strolling the campus in style. Warmer weather brings more color, more inspiration and therefore more fashion risks. Start your list of trends to try with a cool, eclectic print.

Prints are a quick way to bring life to any ensemble. A big part of fashion, prints come in a variety of colors and patterns making it easy for you to find a print that fits your mood or personality. Different prints can bring different moods to your ensemble as well. Some prints will bring a drastic flare while others can help to pull off your preppy look—it all just depends on how you wear it.

Take this Fashionista for example. She added a retro touch to her outfit by wearing a cool, abstract, ’80s inspired print. The top is clearly the central part of her ensemble because it stands out but doesn’t make a ridiculous scene. When you’re not feeling too risky with your print, stay committed to one color throughout your ensemble and let your accessories take care of a secondary or third color. This Fashionista opted for a black color theme with green accessories.

If you’re a fashion risk taker try a major trend this spring: matching printed separates. If you’re willing to take the challenge try a printed suit. With this task let your printed separates talk and let all other components of your ensemble quietly blend in. A solid colored top under your blazer and solid colored shoes should do the trick.

While we all want to have fun with prints, having too much fun can turn your outfit sour quick. Because there are so many patterns out there you’ll find a lot that you really like, which is great! Just don’t wear them all at once. Mixing prints is innovative, but when wearing this look keep it two prints and make sure the colors of the prints complement each other. Take advice from YouTube’s SunbeamsJess; she shows you how she wears prints to match her personal style.

If you’ve stuck to the usual stripe or plaid prints try your hand at other prints and see how you like it. Floral is a major print that has taken on many different forms and when worn, oozes all signs of spring. Try this floral top and bottom from Nasty Gal for major floral overload. To try a less dramatic look, try these Moroccan print pants from ASOS or this polka dot print top.


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