Pomelo’s fall 2019 collection is a masterclass on smart, fun styling of animal and floral prints
Class is in session
Prints. Whether they're animal, floral, or anything else in between from polka dots to paisley, you either live and breathe them... or they scare the heck out of you. After all, busy patterns can oftentimes be tricky to master and manipulate, even for the most seasoned of stylists and fashion gurus especially as we try to toe the line between sophistication and gaudiness — the two extremes of a scale that shifts with each passing decade.
1. Go glitter or go home
To make your OOTD stand out from the crowd, fear not of the bling factor. Sequins, beads, glitter, and their shimmering sisters are all welcome. It hardly matters if your sparkle harmonises with the colours of your chosen animal print, or not. That's the beauty of the animal print — the wilder, the better. The shock value skyrockets here.
2. Show some skin
Florals have a duality within them — they are either ultra feminine or ultra flirty. Either way, you're at risk of looking dated if you fail to pick the right cut that vibes with you. Here's a fail safe: to avoid looking like a Little House on the Prairie reject, opt for sexier silhouettes such as mini dresses and off-shoulder tops that flaunt just a hint of flesh. Or better yet, a boxy blazer, and wear little else underneath. Speaking of blazers...
3. Seek textures
You're not going to raise any eyebrows with a wool or silk (or polyester, heh) animal printed two button double breasted, but if it came in say, corduroy or tweed, you'll earn that double take. Think texture, always.
4. Paint it neon
Neons in the summer are just as "groundbreaking" as florals are for spring. So keep serving that freshness through and through no matter what the fashion calendar reads. Those who pair their blinding hue to a corresponding shade in their loud print reaps the biggest reward. Madness becomes coherent when there's a suggestion of order, regardless how slight.
5. Better yet, monochrome it
The world of prints isn't all psychedelic. Yet, there are options for those who are too cool for classics. A mild print, like the one seen on this quirky Pomelo pick, is elevated when smacked à la tone on tone. Layer on shades of the same colourway to make a low impact statement. Where they shout, you whisper.
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