Make Careful Pairings, Easy on the Color, Go Small, Watch Your Feet
Prints are fun, can showcase your personality, and are a great choice for work to wine occasions. However, an ensemble can look loud, if you don’t execute things just right. Here are some thumb rules, an office wear for women should comprise of:
Make Careful Pairings
If you’re opting for cutesy details like flowers, cats, or hearts, be mindful of what you’re wearing them with. Whimsical patterns can be appropriately balanced with more conservative fare: cigarette pants, simple skirts, dark cardigans, and solid-colored tights. And don’t forget to watch the cut — if you’re wearing a floral blouse on top, don’t choose a full, A-line skirt for your formal wear.
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Easy on the Color
To further balance a loud pattern, choose neutral, solid colors everywhere else: black, dark blue, brown, and gray. Think of everything else as the frame for the garment you want to showcase. Choosing dark hues that contrast with your print makes most designs pop. In this case, less is more.
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Smaller prints tend to look more chic because they don’t overwhelm the eye. On a smaller scale, patterns read as thoughtful details rather than pronounced statements. When in doubt, go smaller than you think you should for your choice of formal tops for women.
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Watch Your Feet
Footwear is usually where prints go from fun to costume-y. If you have a playful work environment, perhaps you can get away with bright yellow Mary Jane heels and a geometric print dress. But for everyone else, simple and elegant shoes anchor an otherwise loud western formal wear. Choose classic pairs, like pumps or unadorned flats, in solid colors. The same goes for boots.
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Nix Complicated Hairstyles and Accessories
If you’re wearing prints, they should already be counted as an accessory. You don’t need anything extra in the way to complicate the image. Skip dangly earrings, loud headbands, and even bright glasses while dressing up in your formals.
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Use the same strategy for your hair style. Pick a different day to try out a new elaborate french braid or side ponytail.
(P.S. Wearing your hair naturally curly, Absolutely doesn’t count as a “loud hairstyle.”)