I have long admired people who can put together outfits with clashing prints but I have never fully given it a go myself. Perhaps that is because I have not quite had the right pieces or have not properly thought about why certain clashes work and some do not. So today I want to talk about how to wear clashing prints for summer and why this particular ensemble works oh so well together.
Today you are looking at an outfit that was not meticulously put together, but one that I thought up as I was lying in bed about a week ago. Both the floral top and the gingham skort are two of my favourite vintage finds so far this summer but I had had trouble finding an interesting way to style either. Suddenly, from the comfort of my mattress, it came to me and I wondered if they might look just awesome together - I was right! (I hope you agree!)
I think it is important to find some common ground between the two clashing prints. That could be combining similar shape prints (like gingham and tartan together); wearing different variations of the same print (pairing horizontal stripes with vertical); or, in this case, choosing two pieces with the same colour palette. The black and white of the gingham combined with the black base of the top means the two prints work really well together. It also helps that the skort is of a small gingham print and that, in true nineties style, the floral print is more understated and thus neither print dominates the look.
Accessories are key to bringing the clashing prints together into a well-styled outfit. I chose to pick up on the red of the flowers to finish off the look, adding red accessories, as is all the rage right now. These adorable red vintage shoes go perfectly with the sixties-meets-nineties vibe of the outfit, although I can’t walk far in them because they really pinch my toes (I cry). My favourite Mac ‘So Chaud’ lipstick is my go-to for injecting a pop of colour to any monochrome outfit and it matches the floral print so well. Of course, I had to wear a pair of statement earrings too, which is my latest obsession, and as I don’t have any red ones in my collection, I thought these white plastic sixties ones were just the ticket to tie in with the white of the skirt.
Clashing prints aside, let’s talk about the pieces themselves and why I decided to add these to my summer wardrobe. With gingham being the print of the season, the skort was a no-brainer and I know it is something that I will wear not just in summer but also all year round, thanks to its monochrome colour palette. Furthermore, it is super lightweight; perfect for both the humid and cooler summer days we are having here in Montreal and its unique shape is so flattering. As for the top, you may have noticed that I never succumb to the off the shoulder trend that has been around for a couple of summers now and that is because I don’t feel it really suits me. This top is a happy medium because it allows me to show off my décolletage, which I find so flattering, but I don’t have to have my shoulders on display – something that makes me feel a bit self-conscious (I wish it didn’t!).
So there we have it – how to wear clashing prints this summer. Will you be taking my tips on board and giving clashing prints a try or have you already got the print clash down?! Let’s chat! X