Monday, 1 July 2013

Work it: Powerful Prints go 9-to-5

Clockwise from top left: Yellow button-down vest, £3 (previously £4.99), New Look; Gold tone triangle necklace, £15, River Island; White leather shopper, £100 (previously £199), Ted Baker; White leather sandals, £115, Poste Mistress at Office; Forest Blur print tube skirr, £28, Topshop.

Print washed over the Spring/Summer '13 catwalks like a sea of colour, with decorated designs from the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Erdem spanning everything from snakeskin to florals and even travel inspired stamps. Such hypnotising artwork got all of us worked into a fashion frenzy and naturally, the high street quickly followed through with their take on the plethora of artwork swimming through the collective consciousness.

Such designs can seem intimidating and out of place in the workplace but when translated correctly, it is possible to work them into a striking nine to five look. Topshop's digitalised "Forest Blur" print looks gorgeous on a slinky tube skirt that sits at a conservative knee length, proving that outlandish designs needn't be tied monogamously to risqué structures. To utilise a statement like this correctly, draw your palette from the colours that are found amongst the print's design: here, a simple yellow button down vest works perfectly when tucked in to streamline the shape and white leather heels and bag gently mimick the tones of the ashy tree bark amongst the skirt's images. Jewellery should be kept to an absolute minimum lest it start a battle with your bottom half, meaning this short length golden number from River Island will be enough on its own to tie the look into completion. Wear on a sunny day (bright colours and bold designs can look out of place when contrasted against grey skies) for an outfit that makes you look as pretty as a picture.


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