How To Wear Bold Prints This Season

How to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Valentino.

Our savvy fashion insiders explain how to wear prints this season. Classic pieces get a boost coated in big, bold pattern – opt for supersized florals, any form of animal print and unconventional coloured checks.

1. Go all out

Look to the collections of Chloé, Valentino and Dries Van Noten for perfect examples of how to do head-to-toe print. When worn right, the look exudes a special kind of confidence and sense of individuality.

Rachel Wayman, contributing fashion director of JONES

How to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Romance Was Born dress.

2. Work it back

Ease into it with separates that allow you to mix and match statement prints with your favourite staples. Our bold pieces look great paired with denim; they’ll really transform any outfit and uplift your mood.

Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, designers of Romance Was Born

3. Try some skin

Animal print is back, but this season is about so much more than just traditional leopard. London label Rixo has defined this look through its signature zebra-print dress.

Cheryl Centen, women’s international and Australian buyer at David Jones

How to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Mimco bag.

4. Don’t forget the extras

A super-fun way to complete an outfit is to go for a printed bag or shoes. The result is always unexpectedly cool.

Alice McCall, fashion designer

How to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Louis Vuitton.

5. Know the classics

The best part about checks, stripes and spots? You’ll love them forever. Invest in these patterns for long-lasting feel-good pieces. I like to stick to a palette of cream, white and soft blues.

Emma Kalfus, contributing stylist at JONES

How to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Chloé.

6. Discover the new classics

Invest in the new cult-favourite pieces from the runway: Balenciaga’s chain print, Dries Van Noten’s paint, Chloé’s spliced paisley, Rejina Pyo’s plaid.

Cheryl Centen, women’s international and Australian buyer at David Jones

How to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Bianca Spender top. Kenzo skirt.

7. Work your core

When it comes to clashing coloured prints, pick a core colour that features in both prints. It’s important to thread the pieces together with a common hue.

Johnny Schembri, designer of By Johnny

8. Get inspired

The best thing about contemporary print clashing is that anything goes. My muse for the season is über-chic fashion editor and stylist Jeanette Friis Madsen.

Cheryl Centen, women’s international and Australian buyer at David Jones

How to Style and Wear Prints This SeasonHow to Style and Wear Prints This Season
Rixo dress. Zimmerman top.

9. Invest wisely

A printed dress offers longevity, while a floral shirt is a lot more versatile. My personal go-to is a big-check blazer. It’s traditional with a twist and looks fabulous over prints or plains, shirting or a dress – ticking all the boxes between seasons.

Ainsley Hansen, designer of Hansen & Gretel

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