06.09.2017

In The Mix

Get clash happy this season with the best print-on-print looks

print on print trend

Photography: Paul Samuels | Styling: Mira Leibowitz 

As one of the boldest and best ways to make a statement, print on print is a look that gets revisited every season, albeit with small tweaks to the lineup. What have we got for you this time round? Soft hues, bursts of florals, and lots of S/S’s favourite pattern – stripes. Pair and wear them in new ways to kickstart your take on summer style before the season’s even started.

culottes and off-the-shoulder top

The look: Stripes on stripes.

The tip: Play with the weighting of each print.

Why it works: The thinner stripes act as your base or the neutral element of your outfit, while the bolder stripes become the statement. If you still feel like you’re playing it too safe, add some floral shoes into the mix for good measure.

blue top and midi skirt

The look: Grid print on stripes on birds.

The tip: Layer a printed dress under a printed skirt.

Why it works: Because this summer dress is lightweight, it’ll easily slip under the patterned skirt to create a beautifully layered print look. While this print combination should seemingly break all the rules, it works thanks to the light blue theme and the fact that the grid print doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

gingham top and floral slip dress

The look: Gingham on floral.

The tip: Layer ruffles under a slip dress.

Why it works: While in isolation these prints can come across as quite whimsical, but when worn together, they put a new spin on easy elegance that’s seriously working for us. Be your boldest self at work, or use this combination to make an entrance at brunch.

yellow suit

The look: Floral on floral.

The tip: Opt for a new take on the co-ord.

Why it works: The co-ord was to 2015 what the printed suit is to 2017. The look has come of age and is as nightclub-ready as it is wedding-weekend appropriate. If you dare, add another print to the matching set with a top or pair of shoes, or keep it classic as it is.

red playsuit

The look: Stripes on florals.

The tip: Go for tonal shades of the same colour.

Why it works: Because you’re playing within the same colour palette, the clash tends to be less overwhelming and comes across as more considered. This jumpsuit also has a convenient plunging front which shows just a sliver of the secondary print.

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