Sunday, August 19, 2012

How to style printed trousers. Part 2: Print DOs DON'ts

Print DOs
  • Classic: any combination of black, white (off white, pale ivory), and gray.
  • Any combination that includes rich jewel tones, vegetable or mineral colours to make for rich, unexpected combinations.
  • Hand painted (or that look like it) abstract florals, art inspired and/or in unexpected colours.
Cigarette trousers
Running Weekend Errands, by Caroline Grant. [Background image: MAGIQUE 3 by Cate Parr, fashion illustrator.]
Lindex Cigarette Pants / American Vintage Tank Top / Hobbs Hinton Jacket L'Wren Scott Sunflower Sequined Classic Cardigan / J.Crew Cece Ballet Shoes / Sophie Hulme Double plate Tote Handbag / Tilo Ruffle Scarf / Tom Ford Lipstick and Nail Lacquer in Black Orchid.

Print DONTs
  • Unless you are in your teens, anything quaint or sweet (girly or in pastel colours), or that would look good on a child's garment.
  • Unless you want to look aged, no garden literal prints in realistic colours like Laura Ashley's or "Litlle House on the Prairie".
  • Tropical island prints outside that setting, and then only (if you insist) for a very casual occasion.
Palazzo pants and flats
Work and then Cinema Date, by Caroline Grant.
BlueJuice Palazzo Pants / American Vintage Cotton Tank Top / Hobbs Edale Jacket / Dolce&Gabbana Handbag / Radley Regent Handbag / J. Crew Viv Flat Shoes / Rossana Fani  Bronze Bead Necklace / Alexis Bittar Secret Garden Floral Brooch / Matthew Williamson Scarf / Sisley Lipstick in Mandarine.


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