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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sunday Style Showdown | Print on Print

Hello again everyone!

Ever wondered how to tackle print on print looks? Well, we tried our hand at it for this week's #SSS!

The Print-on-Print Showdown
El Christine
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I styled my look around my gingham pants that I got from Uniqlo recently because I adore the pants! Gingham seems to be trending quite a bit recently. It's a cute but not overly girly print and can be worked into different kinds of look. For my top, I chose an off white long sleeve with sheer blocked print design on it. The sheer print makes it easier to carry off mixed prints because it's not as loud(although I love to mix loud prints too). It's a great way to mix prints in a subtle manner. As the colours of my clothes are quite muted, I went a little crazy with colours on my accessories, choosing to colorblock my pink bag with my yellow shoes and bangle. I added a cherry clip to complete the fun retro look that I'm going for.
Rarely do I buy skirts with prints but this one from H&M caught my eye (the fact that it was on sale doesn't hurt either!). It has a really interesting geometrical print with the play on squares and triangles. The color combination was quite unique in my opinion as well.
Sometimes, print-on-print may look like they are clashing with each other if not done right. To avoid this, I chose a darker colour top with muted prints to even out the colour aesthetics. This also helps to tone down the loudness of a print-on-print outfit. I added a white belt to help tie the outfit together. Since my outfit is quite basic in colours, I thought a brightly coloured bag will add some life to it! :)

Here's a close up of the print on my top-- notice the pattern is like roses but the lines are straight, so I think it goes well with the straight lines of the gingham print. To carry off print on print looks, I think it's easiest to get two prints with some sort of similarity between them, like a colour/texture/print. So in my world straight lined prints go together. I wore a black bandeau inside cos the top's see through. If you want to show your smashing body, wear a black tank or camisole inside so your figure could be seen through the top(I didn't have a clean black cami/tank for now). It's a great way of showing your body shape even if you have a bulging belly. *wink*
My cherry clip has a nice retro feel to it due to the colours and stripes. I really like this clip for the cute and fun feeling it emits.
If you noticed, the print on my top and bottom pretty much matches each other - both are in squares! Like El mentioned, the trick to getting print-on-print outfits to work is to find a point of similarity between the prints. So, if you have always wanted to try print-on-print but aren't sure how to go about it, try this tip!
If you're worried about the overwhelming prints, adding a solid colour belt will help make the ourfit easy on the eyes. The soild colour helps to break the otherwise visually demanding outfit into two, making it easier to process.

El's Outfit Details
Gingham Pants: Uniqlo
Top: Esprit
Black Bandeau: China
Shoes: Hong Kong
Bag: Online
Yellow Bangle: Diva
Cherry clip: China
Necklace: Esprit
Christine's Outfit Details
Top: Stephie's Shop (online)
Skirt: H&M
Bag: Charles & Keith
Shoes: -
Ring: H&M
Watch: Fossil

How did you find our outfits? Which do you prefer?
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Till next time
El and Christine xoxo


  1. Super cool post
    Very great pics and super cool pieces
    Great Job


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