Here’s the thing about prints — no matter how sullen your mood or the weather outside might be, a smattering of prints can provide the perfect antidote. Whether you are a black-donning skeptic or a bright colours loving believer, prints are the magic ingredient that can turn your outfit around its head and make it #OOTD worthy. From quirky pop prints to abstract and camouflage, here’s the only guide you need to make this trend your own. So go ahead, pick your prints — from the Westside sale and get started.

Pop-py Popsicles

Popsicle
Model is wearing: Slim-fit tank, Nuon; shirt, ETA; jeans, Nuon; watch, Casio; lapel pin, Bro Code; shoes, David Jones by Westside

If you’re late or new to the party but want to be included, then start with easy ways of incorporating prints into your everyday outfits. Start small – pick one printed separate like a T-shirt or a pair of shorts. Team with solid separates in dark, neutral colours and you’re on your way to adopting this trend.

Print on Print on Print

Print on print
Model is wearing: T-shirt, Nuon; shirt, Nuon; jeans, Nuon; watch, Casio; shoes, ETA

Clashing print on print is an art form that takes some practice to be able to ace. But there are subtle, less obvious ways to sneak it in. Take for example this easy-to-ape outfit idea – just layer a simple graphic tee with a plaid shirt and paint-splattered jeans (a big trend this season).

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract
Model is wearing: T-shirt, ETA; shrug, ETA; shorts, Nuon; watch, Casio; lapel pin, Bro Code; shoes, ETA

Another way to pull of prints is to find one statement separate. Pick a print that’s offbeat yet subtle enough and build the rest of your outfit around it. Keep the colour palette to muted earthy tones so you can pick contrasting pieces without looking like you went OTT.

Camouflage This

Camouflage
Model is wearing: T-shirt, Nuon; joggers, Nuon; watch, Casio; shoes, Nuon; bag, Nuon; cap, Nuon

Camouflage is a timeless print and if you’re ever in doubt, this is the way to go. Instead of opting for camo-printed jackets or joggers, go subtle and look for pieces that have accents of the print. Another way to wear this trend is to pick a camo-printed bag or a cap and keep he rest of your outfit neutral.

Keep it Simple, Silly

Simple prints
Model is wearing: T-shirt, Nuon; shorts, Nuon; watch, Casio; shoes, Nuon; bag, Nuon; belt, Nuon

Of course, if you find yourself still questioning this trend, the best bet is to play it safe. If you’re a shorts-and-tee person, just swap your beaten old pair with a demure-printed one. Tiny all-over prints are less distracting but manage to do the job of breaking the monotony of an otherwise solid-on-solid outfit.

 

Photographs by Rohan Hande; Model: Aurelien San (Inega Model Management); Hair and Make-up: Danica D’rego; Production: Apoorva Singh; Styling: Kavisa Rebello; Fashion Assistant: Nicole Fernandes

 

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