Everyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty much attracted to clothing in the most neutral tones known to mankind. I gravitate towards adding another grey t-shirt to my collection or a new black sweater like they’re going out of style. Which, of course, they never are and hence why they’re my staples.
But while it’s good to have staples, and they should be the quality basics of your wardrobe, it’s also good to add some variety every now and again. For me, this has meant a new indulgence in prints – pieces that are surprisingly a lot more personal than I had expected. Purchasing a print has turned into an experiment in what I am visually attracted to (other than a perfectly sculpted 6-pack) and while my basics will always be my basics it’s fun on occasion to pop out a fun printed piece – always of high quality – and let your personality shine through.
Here are some of my favourite prints that actually hang in my closet:
This pelican print blouse is one of the boldest in my closet but also the one I get the most compliments on. It’s a silk blouse by one of my favourite brands, Milly New York. It’s called the Camila Pelican-Print blouse and is unfortunately no longer available online as it is from last year’s collections. I love the pale green background coupled with the pelican bird print on the front. It’s definitely unique! Pairs great with a pair of jeans and a blazer for casual Fridays in the office. It also came in shorts and a dress – but the blouse was much more my speed.
Get the look with similar bird-inspired blouses:
OK, this is a pretty plain black silk blouse but with a white geometric print and leather collar makes it not quite so basic. I love that the little leather nod is on the blouse – it means I can have a little bit of edge in my otherwise very conservative office without looking like I’ve gone biker chick. The blouse is also no longer available as it’s from a couple of years ago, but there is a gently used one for sale on the RealReal if you’ve fallen in love.
Get the look with similar black geometric blouses:
And lastly, but certainly not leastly, is my trusty DVF wrap dress in blue and white. I think they are X and O’s on the blouse, but I can not be sure and that is perfectly OK with me. It’s the most accommodating dress (have worn it whilst pregnant and not), flattering (it cinches in perfectly at just the right spot) and makes me feel put together and confident just by wearing it. It’s definitely going to be in my closet, and stylish, for years to come.
Get the look with a blue and white dress of your own!
Do you have patterns in your closet? Are they a staple or an indulgence?