Mixing things up with the printed shirt and how to style it.
THE PRINTED SHIRT
In a recent post, I revealed that I own about twelve silk shirts. Most of which are plain, but a couple are printed with beautiful prints such as this one. It’s a cool take on the zebra print, which of course is a forever print that also happens to be very on-trend at the moment. You know it’s a big call from me when I am buying into a print trend, as I only try to add in pieces that transcend trends to be wearable for years. And I’ve been really keen on this burgundy colour of late, taking a mini-break from my usual red tones. Though, for me, red is a colour I always love wearing as it just has a feeling of strength and energy that sometimes, frankly, life calls for.
Slightly (or very) abstract versions of leopard, python, and zebra prints are everywhere, refreshing everyday looks for the new seasons this year. Seen on the streets of fashion month across the world, most of the styling is all about mixing the prints with neutral tones and tailoring. I love wearing printed shirts in my most natural way- with jeans and a boot, but it goes further.
WEAR IT WITH JEANS AND BOOTS
No surprises here. So, this is honestly my first port of call with any printed shirt, I love simple jeans and boots outfits. It’s not too complicated, you can just throw it on but still feel polished. I’d add a black blazer to this look if I’d not shot it on a 38-degree morning. (Keeping it real, I’m so excited to wear this outfit more once our hot weather cools!). If you can get away with jeans in the workplace, this feels chic for the office without being too casual.
WEAR IT WITH MONOCHROME
Prints and even bolder colors somehow feel approachable when styled in a monochromatic fashion. As you can see here, I’ve done this in a subtle way with a bag in the same shade. I’ve been seeing a lot of stunning looks with that monochrome styling head to toe too. In this case, I’d probably style it with a burgundy suit pant and blazer or a pleated midi skirt for a more tailored but fun look. Either all over or just a little, creating a monochrome look can feel more polished, rather than casual.
Looking back at this outfit, I realise I’m almost entirely in Boden! As much as I love to mix brands, sometimes I find myself so true to those few brands I really love. These jeans, as with a few other pairs I own from Boden, are just a great cut. Man, they are so comfortable! I think in the past I either ordered a size up or somehow Boden have really upped their denim game. The cuts, fabrics, and finishes have been perfect. I’m so impressed. Their silk shirts are beautiful too, the zebra one is my fourth from Boden, they do them in plain styles or prints all the time at a decent price for the quality. They currently have them in collarless styles, t-shirt styles and more. I think they are very practical for work, or an elegant outfit to go out in for a dinner without fuss.
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