Wednesday, 19 October 2011
How to wear print
How to liven up a neutral wardrobe without looking like Anna Dello Russo: part two. Carefully chosen pattern and print is like a double espresso to an exhausted wardrobe. Or so I thought this morning when I donned a leopard print dress. Then I opened up a copy of Stylist magazine and saw the Versace/H&M collaboration. Don't ask me to tarnish the blog with a picture, we'll have no Russian-prostitute-goes-Euro-trash garb on this site. And I'm referring to the Versace collection, not my animal print frock - thank you very much.
So, if I had the money of an oligarch, this beautiful Modern Love dress would be hanging in the closet of my superyacht. Right now, I'd wear it layered over a plain long sleeved t-shirt (it's important to get the plain: pattern ratio just right) - the grassy-green colour in the digital print would make a lovely highlight. And Mary Portas' Armery would work too.
Though having given the 'hosiery for arms' a whirl, have to say I found it a bit tight around the pit area. But then, I am funny about clingy armholes - and apparently, La Portas is developing her size range. Anyhow, patterned or printed fabrics also act as camouflage, a clever way to confuse the eye - just think of those First World War dazzle ships.
Do you have any tips for wearing print?
Read more about Modern Love here.