STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Thrift Prints

July 8th, 2015 at 2:00am

I know what you’re thinking: “I can’t pull that off.” Hear me out, as I am solely here to debunk that myth you keep telling yourself. Print on print looks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and this Fashionista proves that with her unique style. Whether you go for a more classic prep, rocker-chic, ultra feminine or more on the hipster side, there’s enough print to go around to make everyone happy.

When thinking about sporting the trend, it’s important to know how you’ll balance your look throughout. For starters, keep your prints in the same color family (or at least have one color in common). It’s the easiest way to pull off this trend without looking like you’re clashing too much. Take a tip from this Fashionista, who livens up her look by taking the less dominant shade (navy) in her top and matching it with the navy specs in her shirt. Because the navy in her shirt is also offset by the white, it helps separate the top and bottom so the colors don’t become too meshed together.

Another way to stay on top of your print mixing is following the 60-30-10 rule. When mixing prints it should only be two to three prints at a time. If you choose to mix three prints, similar to this Fashionista, let the largest print take up 60 percent of your look, followed by the medium print taking up 30 percent of your look and your smallest print taking up 10 percent of your look. This Fashionista demonstrates the rule perfectly through allowing her large flower print maxi skirt to cover 60 percent of the look, her medium sized specked cropped blouse takes up 30 percent of the look and her ditsy flower print sneakers take up 10 percent of the look.

Lastly, this Fashionista takes her print on print look up a notch by adding in a simple black cross-body Marimekko bag, adding an edge to her look.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “My maxi skirt is actually from a local thrift shop in Manhattan. I love vintage, unique pieces and feel as if they are what make my looks unique to who I am. It’s always important to keep an open mind and be comfortable in your own skin when it comes to creating your style!”