Outfit: Jigsaw jumper and printed trousers, Topshop shoes
Prints – we either love them or hate them, pretty much instantly. They can remind us of our grannies’ curtains, outfits we wore as children, or something the cat brought up. But equally they can lift our spirits, change our look and give us a new lease of life.
Some shops are known for their prints – or indeed for their lack of them. Zara always has lots of different prints (although it’s better not to go in there after 9.35am because it looks like a jumble sale). Warehouse is always strong on both print and colour – plus the quality is better than Zara too and walking in there is so refreshing, compared to some other stores. Both the Monsoon and Boden prints stand out a mile away – and not always for the right reasons. Whistles has great prints each season which they usually also do in a scarf for anyone who just fancies a touch of one. Sometimes it’s just about giving them a go.
I always like Great Plains. The price point of the brand is good and they often do more than one piece in a particular print. The Hoxton top from Great Plains (£40) is a nice fit and is a non scary print type option. It also comes in a long sleeved knee length dress.
Despite being largely a dark print, the blue in it is really vibrant and it looks great on people with blue eyes.
The Great Plains City Scape trousers £60 are a good place to start for anyone tempted to try a print on their bottom half. The print has a dark background and can be worn with black, navy or grey. Also they’re smart enough for work with a blazer, or relaxed enough for out of work with a jumper, so they’re pretty versatile.
The French Connection wilderness bloom comes in both a pencil skirt (£75) and a fitted dress with a zip up the front. Made of cotton and with stretch in it, it also straddles the work/casual boundary really well. It’s easy to pick up the navy, cream or burgundy in a top. The model used is 5ft 11″ so on most people it will come up longer.
Generally known for its very plain and slightly more architectural pieces, each season Cos does a couple of prints. This one has been around for a while and Cos have done this print in both a bomber style jacket (£79) and a pencil skirt.
This Warehouse floral jersey tee (£28) is good for a first foray into the world of prints. It’s plain grey on the back but with nice shaping down the side and the print is modern but subtle – it’s the kind of top that could work its way into your wardrobe and sit their quite happily amongst those black and grey pieces until it’s required to give the a bit of a lift. Do suss out Warehouse if you’re after a printed top.
And whilst this isn’t my favourite print of all, LK Bennett can always be relied on to do a couple of striking prints each season. The Joe Rose print full skirt (£195) has a graphic floral print which is great for a winter wedding.
At this time of the year the stores can start to look a little dark and flat and I think that can be true of our wardrobes too, so it’s good to pick up a print every now and then, just to keep everything balanced.