Bold prints are a fabulous way to brighten up an otherwise dreary, cold, and gray winter. Revamping your wardrobe and treating yourself to a few new pieces can act as a reset and boost your mood when you’re just sick and tired of not seeing the sun in days. Perhaps you are a little daunted by the idea of introducing new bold prints into your wardrobe? At first, the idea of bright colors, funky designs, and bold fashion choices may feel overwhelming, but with a little guidance, you, too, can pull off a new look. Here are a few basic tips to help get you started in your quest to incorporate bold prints into your winter wardrobe.
Black and white can be bold all on their own, so it’s not a bad idea to start with them as your base. Combine black trousers or skinny jeans with a women’s white blouse. For a more dramatic effect, introduce a bold print on top of the classic black and white combo. Something like a colorful blazer with lots of vibrant prints really accentuates the whole look and brings it to another level. It’s dramatic, but not exaggerated. It’s the pop of color and uniqueness that transforms one outfit into something else and instantly makes you look like a fashionista.
When you layer a colorful, bold print top over the black-and-white combo, there is a lot of flare going on. But when you layer a colorful, bold piece over a muted base, like a white or beige women’s dress, you are allowing the bold print clothing item to be the center of attention. A great look is a bold print blanket scarf draped over your shoulders if you're already wearing a neutral color, like a long beige dress or a white blouse with white pants. If the long scarf or sarong isn’t your style, try something like a bold print blazer or jacket over a white top and denim jeans. Or, you could reverse that by wearing a beige blazer or white denim jacket over a bold print top.
When you decide to wear a bold print clothing item, your whole outfit works as an ensemble to complement and draw attention to that item. For this reason, you want to keep the number of accessories you wear to a minimum. Don’t go overboard with big, chunky statement jewelry; this will just clash with the bold print. Stick to small items, like a clutch purse, kitten heels, or small, tasteful earrings. This way, you can accessorize and complete the outfit without making everything look chaotic.
For the days you are feeling especially daring, think about matching a bold print clothing item with another richly colored piece. Jewel tones like royal purple or emerald green over a print dress or top is an excellent way to make a fashion statement. Try pairing a shawl with a bright hue over something like a floral print dress. This combination creates an outfit that is both elegant and playful and will definitely make you stand out in the best way possible.
Shoes also come in bold prints, styles, and textures, so consider introducing some funky pairs into you your wardrobe as well. Something like colorful print loafers with a pair of straight-leg trousers in a neutral color paired with colorful, soft, cashmere turtleneck sweaters can make a subtle yet impressive fashion statement. The style is sophisticated in a marvelous, old-school way to add some sophisticated boldness to your entire outfit without being too loud. Although this isn’t something to wear during the winter (unless you find yourself in a tropical locale for vacation), an alternative to a bold print loafer could be a pair of strappy sandals in a colorful, floral pattern. This pairs beautifully with a solid colored midi dress or skirt to create an understated, elegant look.
Although we’ve got off to a nice start, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mixing and matching various solid-colored pieces with bold print pieces. It’s all about finding that perfect balance and contrast to make an outfit particularly eye-catching. Have fun with it! Try new things that you haven’t worn before. Experiment with different looks until you find the perfect bold printed pieces that will become staples in your wardrobe year after year.