Some Day My Prints Will Come

prints

Prints, they are everywhere right now. It can be very daunting walking into a shop to face a barrage of bright colours and crazy patterns, but I think we need to try a few out. I will be the first to admit that I am a little scared of a loud print. Sometimes they can wear you rather than the other way around and there is a real fear of looking like Su Pollard*. Although saying that, I once spent an afternoon with Su Pollard, she is so lovely and was telling me all about her ‘ladies problems’ within 6 minutes of meeting. Yet, she has a ‘unique’ look that won’t suit us all.

There is a summery feel to wearing a loud print though. I think wearing something bold would make it almost impossible to be miserable. How can you wear a Tropical Hawaiian shirt and be crying into your gin at the end of the evening? Surely an outfit like that would make you the life and soul of the party, right? I do think we need to ease ourselves in gently, so I’ve come up with a few ‘themes’ to get us into it…

THE FLORAL PRINT DRESS

This is easy, especially if you stick to a more ditsy print. A perfect look for a summer party with a heel, but also super simple to wear every day with a trainer, an espadrille or a flat sandal. I love love this ‘See By Chloe’ dress. My friend Arlene bought the same one in white a while ago for a party, but I think it will be the gift that keeps on giving this summer, It’s so nice. I want it.

printed Dress

1. See By Chloe Black Floral Midi Dress (White one here)
2. & Other Stories Sandals (20% discount code SXD20)
3. Mango Floral Maxi Dress
4. The Outnet Tori Burch Espadrilles

 

THE TROPICAL PRINT SHIRT

I do love a Hawaiian shirt. My husband owns many, but they are massively oversized so  annoyingly I can’t steal for myself. The kids also had excellent baby versions when they were little. I’ve never been to Hawaii but I imagine it’s mandatory to wear a Tropical print shirt and drink Pina Coladas for breakfast over there and I’ll totally down with that. Let’s keep it casual and wear with boyfriend jeans but push the boat out a tiny bit and add a printed shoe…

Tropical Print Shirt

1. Top Shop Jungle Print Shirt
2. Stradivarius Tropical Print Shirt 
3. The Outnet Iris & Ink Boyfriend Jeans
4.The Outnet Frame Boyfriend Jeans
5. New Look Palm Print Espadrilles
6. Vans Floral Slip On Trainers

THE LOUD PRINT SKIRT

An easy way to dip into this trend would be to pair your loud printed skirt with a simple plain white T-Shirt and white trainer.  M&S do good plain t-shirts, I’ve got some from there that are older than most people I work with. If you were feeling more adventurous you could go the full hog and match your skirt to your top. Warehouse have got a lot of coordinating tops and skirts in right now, I kind of like it. I ordered this orange skirt, will report back on it via Instagram next week…

Printed Skirt

1. M&S Autograph White Cotton T-Shirt
2. Stradivarius Tropical Print Midi Skirt
3. Adidas Classic Stan Smith
4. Warehouse Floral Shirt
5. Warehouse Floral Midi Skirt
6. Puma Rubber Soul Trainers 

THE PRINTED JUMPSUIT

Finally, something for you adventurous ladies out there. Go full-on and try out a printed jumpsuit. I think this would be a great alternative to a dress for a wedding or a summer event.Add a classic summer espadrille to complete the look. Possibly not the wisest move for a festival though. The toilet struggle is real.

Printed Jumpsuit

1. Mango bird print jumpsuit
2. Mango Tropical print jumpsuit
3. &Other Stories Espadrilles (20% off with SXD20)
4. Top Shop Wedge Espadrilles

*If you don’t know who Su Pollard is, then shame on you – or you might be too young to remember Hi-Di-Hi. Here’s when I met her a few years ago. I look mildly terrified and I clearly forgot to put any make-up on. Su would never do that…

Me and Su Pollard

K x

10 thoughts on “Some Day My Prints Will Come

  1. Help! I’m in a bit of a print pickle. I bought the loud & Other Stories dancing girls skirt thinking it would be the shizzle for a summer wedding. I’m scared of it! What the toot do you wear on top without looking like you’re wearing a comedy outfit? Any sartorial advice greatly received .

    Gayle x

    P.S. I’m 44 and my boobs have decided to take a belated growth spurt, so ruffles are out!

  2. My excuse for not knowing Sue Pollard is that I’m Australian but I do know who Catweazle is and so sad that Geoffrey Balydon just died. I have been watching the Warehouse skirt and Warehouse is my absolute favourite high street brand. I also really like their poppy print this season. Love nearly all your choices. I bought a DVF black and white printed star print dress for summer. For some bizarre reason it was $120 Aussie dollars cheaper on the Australian net a porter site than the US or Matches site.

    1. I love that poppy print too. I’m hoping the skirt is a decent length! Is the maxi DVF star print dress you bought? x

      1. Yes the star print dress from Jonathon Saunders as designer. Wore it last night and really liked it. I had a silk slip from a Collette Dinnegan dress to wear with it as it’s very sheer. And it’s small. I’m usually XS in US brands and bought the small and it just fits. Matches has 30% off with private sale. PS sorry late response as I never get follow ups from all the bloggers I subscribe for some weird reason.

        1. That’s a lovely dress! I get a lot of spam comments – yesterday I had to delete 365 of them! Maybe that happens to other bloggers too! x

  3. I love that jungle print skirt, but the sizing on the website is super-confusing – the size guide says an M is 90cm waist, which appears to be equivalent to a 20 in their “sized” clothing. That can’t be right… Have you bought from them before? (Have taken a punt, will report back…)

    1. Hi Cat,

      I have bought from there before but only tops, Medium seemed to work for me (I’m regular size 12) x

  4. I’ve only recently heard of Stradivarius but I’m living these picks. Will have to take a browse on their site. Recently purchased a more subtle print &Other Stories pleated midi and had to size up for the waist, although it’s really long on me. Sizing is so confusing!

    1. I tend to size up in & Other Stories – but usually only in the dresses as I don’t like them too tight !

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