Prints are cropping up everywhere in fashion lately. From florals to ikat, jacquard to color blocking–move away from solids and add pattern variety to your wardrobe to increase multi-functionality. My favorite print selection right now is the Aztecan tribal prints you see in nearly every store, on nearly any item. Nervous? Try a printed piece that isn’t a main attraction like a layering tank or necklace instead, but really just try it! Here are several pieces I am in love with for this bright print family, as well as the “how to,” on how to fit them into an everyday look.
Tops: Layered or stand alone, you’ll find one to suit your needs.
Bold Choice: A layering tank with a full aztec print in bold colors that you can slip into any outfit. Try pairing it with a plain bottom and gold accessories to really pull attention to the top.
Safe Choice: Choose a shirt like the one pictured here that only has the print in the middle. Your eye will be drawn to the design, but you won’t be drowned out because the background is plain. Pair a top like this with a high waisted skirt in a plain color to make the look even more subtle.
Dresses and Skirts: Mix and match lengths and styles to find your comfort zone.
Bold Choice: Choose a floor length maxi dress in a bold Aztec print to draw all eyes on you. Pair it with flat sandals and a long necklace to streamline the long look.
Safe Choice: An Aztec print skirt paired with a plain top, or dress that has a color-blocked portion on the bottom will break the print up but not piece out your body shape into bad proportions. Pair with a pair of wood platform heels and your ready to run, or strut.
Shoes: An easy choice to brighten up any look.
Bold Choice: An ankle boot in full Aztec print or a heel with some feathers flying off of it will scream tribal love! Pair with cuffed skinny jeans.
Safe Choice: A flat sandal in a bright color and sporting some tribal beading draws the eye. Choose a pair in a color you will wear with any outfit because you can pair them with just about anything. I love the look of a bright sandal and a black sundress.
Accessories: Add a piece that flares up any look and links together patterns in your look.
Bold Choice: A bag composed of little leather and mostly Aztec print will make a huge statement, especially when paired with a plain-Jane outfit.
Safe Choice: Aztec tribal prints go really well with gold accessories, because a lot of them are in the warm color scheme. Throw a gold cuff on your wrist and you are good to go. Not ready to change your look? Grab this iphone case by Marc Jacobs to try out your new print choice. You can never go wrong with a scarf! Have one on hand in this bold print to throw on when the evening falls or with a solid colored top to make your statement.
Becca Alexander Pickrel – Fashion Contributor and Editor