I am drawn to prints of all varieties — stripes, bold graphics, florals, abstracts. But the reality is, printed dresses are not a sound investment:
- they can look dated quickly;
- they present a definite look, but only one look — which can’t be changed easily with accessories;
- they can overwhelm the person wearing them . . . and sometimes bystanders, too.
After giving away more printed garments than I care to count, I have realized that prints, with a few exceptions, work best in small doses. So I now indulge my love of prints in blouses and scarves. (The same principle is generally recognized in interior design, too. Don’t put a large print on the sofa. Put it on a chair or a throw pillow.)
I still admire printed dresses, but I generally don’t buy them.
Like all rules, however, there are exceptions: If you see a print that simultaneously fills you with intense longing and calms your tortured soul, well, you must bring it home to live with you. Just don’t try to convince yourself that you are making a practical choice.
This dress defies the physical laws of the universe. Despite the busy, large print, it is timeless and slimming.
And it has pockets!
Of course, if you open your closet and see a rainbow of printed dresses that have brought you nothing but happiness, IGNORE THIS POST; you have already solved the mysteries of life and business casual dressing and don’t need my advice.
But if you are trying to hold firm and resist the allure of print dresses, perhaps one of these blouses will satisfy your cravings:
Brogue print dress: Mary Katrantzou from Matches Fashion SS2014; Abstract floral print dress: David Meister; Shoes: Tory Burch; Bag: YSL; Watch: Baume et Mercier
Tops: Vince Tribal Dot Silk Blouse would be perfect with a khaki suit (possibly with a white jersey underneath) OR with a khaki safari jacket and jeans; Theory Floral Print Vaneese Cami would look pretty under a sheer white linen blouse; JCrew Aquatic Flower Sleeveless Silk Blouse would look great with a navy pinstripe suit OR with a blue seersucker jacket and white jeans; Rebecca Taylor Tie Dye Top could enliven a grey or blue suit!