All our Tips for Wearing Prints Well

The print trend has been in the spotlight lately, with ever more choice and creativity continuing to seduce us. This is why a fundamental question arises:

How to wear prints while avoiding the fashion faux pas?

From Aztec pattern to floral print, including flashy stripes or even safari or graphic prints… it's not always easy to find your way around . Fortunately, with the few rules and tips that we have put together for you, you will be able to take out your printed matter with complete peace of mind!

Rule #1: Find a scale

Your printed piece will be the star piece of your outfit. For the rest of your body, focus on sobriety to remain elegant. The stronger the print, the more sober the cut must remain. Avoid ruffles, frills and overly complicated details as they risk weighing down your silhouette and your style. We love our prints so much that sometimes we want to wear them all on the same day...and then it becomes the Dunkirk carnival! Unfortunately, you will have to be patient, girls. Make a choice between high and low.

For example, accompany your floral patterned skirt with a solid-colored top

jupe fleurie

or your tropical print top with a solid-colored high-waisted skirt.

femme portant un top à motifs tropicaux et jupe rose pale

Also remember:

1/ Tropical prints

Palm trees, foliage, pineapples, ice, parrots are very “heavy” so go really small (high or low). If you choose a dress, choose one with a flowing material.

2/ If you like big patterns

Prefer them on clothes with clean lines or light like a kimono or a summer shirt. Once again, it's all about balance!

3/ Colors that go well

An easy tip to remember to harmonize your outfit is:

Use a color present in your print.
jupe à imprimés colorés et top à franges
Photo by Camila Cordeiro
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Also, consider stripes as a neutral pattern because it goes very well with all prints (animal, floral, tropical. everything!)

t-shirt rayé et chapeau noir
Photo by Demetrius Washington
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Otherwise, gray, black, white, cream, camel or nude are your best allies! Remember to always have some in your wardrobe ;)

Rule n°2: Choose a print adapted to your body shape

The 5 morpho tips to remember:

1/ Thin people can get away with almost anything, but watch out for vertical stripes!

If you are tall and thin vertical stripes can make you appear too skinny or too slender, at the risk of completely erasing the pretty curves of your body and making you masculine. So prefer horizontal lines to restore volume to your silhouette.
Conversely, if you are round or short, it is better to avoid horizontal stripes (especially wide ones) because they stretch the silhouette. (That said, a delicate sailor top is still very pretty)

2/ Small and close together prints reduce volumes

For those who have rather round body shapes, small checks, small polka dots, small flowers and delicate tropical prints will suit you perfectly! And no color restrictions! (When you're curvy you don't only wear black!)

3/ Large and/or spaced prints give volume

If you are not comfortable with the curves of a part of your body, avoid XL prints in that area such as large Aztec patterns, large watermelon and lemon prints because they tend to widen by optical effect. For "slender" body types, XL prints can conversely give volume (chest, shoulders, bust, buttocks) so go for it!

4/ Animal motifs suit everyone and are not necessarily vulgar!

Whether you are curvy or thin, animal prints work very well. Due to their rather “heavy” appearance, we suggest it on the upper body for curvy people, and the lower body for thin people. For curvy ones, with a slightly V-shaped collar to highlight the chest and lengthen the silhouette, and for slim ones on the lower body to give a plump effect to your buttocks and highlight your legs .
As an accessory it is also perfect to enhance an outfit. It goes very well with tropical patterns!

5/ The kimono is suitable for all body types.

Many advantages of the kimono. It feminizes all body shapes and outfits, it's elegant, it keeps you warm and will save the day if you haven't had time to think about your outfit of the day! ;) To counterbalance its loose cut and patterns, wear slim pants or skirts as well as a sober outfit. For round people or those with an undefined waist, wear it open with a necklace to enhance your figure.

Rule n°3: Choosing the material of your clothes, the right reflex to adopt!

Mastering the rules of print is not everything! The choice of your materials is also essential. For the curvier ones, opt for fluid materials, in jersey, and/or with a vertical fall for the top and your dresses in general. For the bottom, you can very well choose tighter materials made of elastane in order to sculpt your shapes. Avoid materials that are too stretchy and favor high-waisted, solid-colored pants to harmonize hips and love handles (once again, don't be afraid of colors!)

Below is a perfect example: fluid top with close-up prints + a more rigid bottom to smooth the shapes while highlighting them :)

For fine ones, opt for textured fabrics or even shiny to create volume and thus feminize your silhouette. You can also wear materials with ruffles, fringes , thicker, looser materials (velvet, satin, wool, XXL knits). 

chemise à frange et motifs imprimés
Photo by Rodolfo Sanches Carvalho
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jupe longue épaisse bleu marine
Photo by Nastya Polyakova
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There you go girls, with these few tips, you will have no trouble venturing into the wonderful world of prints! 

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