STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Risky Printed Business

Style Advice of the Week

Even the most avid of print lovers might admit that printed bottoms are risky business. Some, like myself, used to find it difficult to balance the ensemble—to pair tops and accessories with the print without looking like an intern at a zoo. Yet this Fashionista does a great job with her neutral and monochromatic look without looking melancholy since after all, even though it is winter, she is in Miami.

Nicole Echevarria, freshman at the University of Miami, decided to pair her printed skinnies with heavy skull and studded gold jewelry. She keeps her look simple by wearing a basic gray V-neck shirt, a black skinny belt and some broken-in chocolate-brown combat boots. Although her majors are Elementary Education and Journalism, she confesses that she loves fashion, which shows through her put-together outfit.

So what’s the trick? It’s simple! Mix and match the printed skinnies with accessories and basic tops that have colors within the print. You can also try stacking up studs or skull jewelry, as she did. That way albeit the main focus is the print, there is no harsh contrast between other prints and colors. If you’re still not comfortable with the big and colorful prints, start small with a black and white one.

Take the hint and next time you find yourself putting the prints back on the rack and out of your shopping bag, give it another try and you might succeed by following this Fashionista’s lead.

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