Bring out your wild side with mixed print party dresses
Mixed print party dresses are an example of how a fashion “don’t try” has become a fashion “must try”. Usually considered a disaster, mixing contrasting prints and pairing them with unusual statement pieces has currently become a fashion mantra. With celebrities in the likes of reality TV star, Khloe Kardashian, actress Kerry Washington, Solange Knowles [mother of Beyonce] and even the First Lady Michelle Obama enjoying the trend, it is time for confident, fashion-forward women to jump on this exciting and quirky fashion bandwagon and come up with their renditions of this fun style.
One of the things you will need to have while trying on this style is Confidence in yourself. It is difficult to walk on a path less trodden, especially when fashion rules say contradictory things about mixing polka dots with floral prints, but remember how much fun you can have and ignore those nagging thoughts about what people might say. Get the fun element started by pulling out all the different prints and patterns which are already present in your wardrobe; some available prints might include animal prints, geometric prints, stars, stripes, chevron, patterns, florals, polka dots and psychedelic prints, even glitter and sequins. Find your signature pattern which will set the base for the mixed print; stylists recommend selecting one print which is larger than the other instead of 2 similarly-sized prints.
Once you decide on your signature print, which, in this example, could be a dress with a particular print, i.e. large leopard prints. Find a contrasting print which is smaller than the large leopard prints, a pink floral belt or scarf will do. Accessorize by wearing the belt around your waist and the scarf draped around your shoulders or wrapped around your neck. Your first mixed print outfit is ready, and can now be further accessorized with contrasting jewellery such as multi colored bracelets or even a cuff bracelet with zebra stripes on it. There are no real rules when it comes to accessorizing a mixed print outfit, and party dresses in mixed print will allow more room to add glitter, bling and quirky elements to this eye-catching look.
Glitter and bling are popular picks for party dresses, which makes a mixed print bling party dress a must-wear for the season. Choose a mixed print dress which has shiny motifs on top and contrasting prints towards the midriff. Add your own spin on the existing mixed print by wearing a lace underskirt which will peek out of the dress a little, thus creating a three-tiered mixed print dress.
For those who would like to wear a mixed print party dress without splurging on the many available designer options, it is always a good idea to try the do-it-yourself method, which in context with mixed prints, is easy to execute. Select a dress which has a predominant print; since monochrome and bold patterns are in season, try one, and add the mixed print element by sewing in a contrasting element such as a panel of stars, a layer of brocade towards the hem, and by layering the look with shrugs and stoles in various animal and psychedelic prints. This will give you that much-coveted, fearlessly fashion forward look.
Mixed print party dresses are not for those who are shy; they are meant to bring out the party animal in you with their unashamed boldness and love for contrasting textures, colors and patterns. Enjoy yourself by investing in a mixed print dress or three, or make one yourself.