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Throughout the cold winter months our wardrobes tend to stick to a plain monochrome palette. With this beautiful weather that we are having we are keen to inject some fun back into our wardrobes. Many people are scared of trying our prints and patterns as they are not sure how to wear them. With this in mind we have put together a handy guide to help you liven up your look.


The easiest way to introduce prints into your wardrobe is by adding a patterned scarf or bag. If you tend to stick to neutral shades then a splash of colour can be quite intimidating. This way you can still feel comfortable in your outfit while giving a nod to fun prints.

Work with your style

If you live in shirts and tailored trousers then work with your style and try a crisp white shirt with patterned trousers, or vice versa.

Mix and match

If you are feeling brave how about going for two different prints? For the best look try two prints that are very different in size and style so that one is obviously more dominant than the other. You don’t want the prints to be fighting for attention. Don’t be afraid to try things that you think won’t go together as quite often it is these pairings that end up looking the best.

Head to toe

If you do choose to go for the same print from head to toe then it is wise to make sure that your outfit is well tailored. By making sure that your clothes fit you well this will prevent your frame looking swamped by busy patterns.

Remember your makeup

You can use your makeup to pull your whole look together. Don’t be afraid to match your lipstick to your handbag or shoes to tie them in with your whole look. We would avoid wearing really bright lipstick if we were wearing a very bright patterned scarf as this can look a bit over the top.

Gemma Dorling
Gemma Dorling
Gemma is a fashion writer contributing to magazines and online sites. She also writes her own fashion blog In her spare time she enjoys reading, running and finding new places to eat.