Though this technological era insists that print is dead, fashion has clearly refused to toss the concept aside.
With spring in full bloom and summer fast approaching, the moment is upon the rest of us to recognize the benefits of sporting print dresses.
Fashion blogger Melanie is doing her part by promoting print dresses on her blog, What I’d Wear. She is a strong believer that these dresses are ideal for individual expression. “Prints allow people to express their emotions through the marriage of shapes and colors and decorate their personnel with their inner artist’s work,” Melanie says.
Though print designs are known to boast diversity, few shoppers truly grasp how endless the possibilities are in the creation of a print-influenced dress. In addition to the average floral and animal prints, other designs influenced by geometric shapes, polka dots, and lines (among a list of many more!) help boost the creativity aspect of producing unique pieces.
Moreover, print dresses are heavily critiqued for their stereotypically loud appearances, featuring bright, clashing colors and blunt contrasts. Sure, some dresses are over-the-top and stand out for all the wrong reasons; after all, every dress type has its trainwrecks. But color can also be used as a clever advantage when dressing in designs.
With print dresses, color and layout play a large role in conveying a certain attitude or achieving a particular look. Whether meek or bold, this fashion trend tailors to each individual’s mood.
The online store New York Dress acknowledges that colors are a good deal of what makes these dresses shine. “Prints are a great way to play around with color and tonality, so it’s like you get the best of both worlds. You can make quite a splash in print dresses that are made from bold and beautiful colors – and you can also get a lot out of print dresses that are more subtle tones and hues,” the company raves.
An added bonus to the variety of prints is that their various cuts and colors make them broad enough to fit any occasion. Feel free to wear a print dress out on an evening with friends, at a graduation ceremony, or on a casual mall trip with the family.
Prints are just the thing for any event; just make sure to choose a style appropriate for the circumstances. As with any dress, it is important to select one that is an ideal fit to each, unique body shape.
When choosing accessories for print dresses, New York Dress cautions against complex jewelry and purses. “You want the print to be the central focal point. Wearing loud accessories can take away from the dress,” the company advises. Thus, stick to light earrings and simple shoes.
When worn correctly, print dresses have the full potential of making its wearer the most beautiful woman in the room. The average, overdone solid-colored dress is simply no match for a fresh, vibrant print dress.
“It’s a beautiful thing, as prints come in so many different forms, which allows girls of all ages and body shapes to be fun and individuals,” shares Melanie.
After a closer look at these designs, print is far from going in this year’s donation pile. Long live print.