Shopping Help: Prints and Patterns and How to Style Them

If you’re leery of prints, don’t be!  They make a closet fun, plus prints are often easier to mix and match.
I was asked by Forever 21 to showcase some of their pieces, and since it’s one of my favorite places to find printed pieces I thought I’d do a Shopping Help post around that.  I can’t believe I’ve been shopping at Forever 21 since I was 14 years old, and still at 31 I find pieces there!  Ahhh!  Let’s not analyze that too much and move on.  😉
Here are some printed pieces that I think are great for any season with the right layers.  Even the springy looking dresses!  (See THIS POST on how to wear a dress in multiple seasons.)
I especially love that the skirts are knee length because as I’ve mentioned before…why is it so hard to find knee length skirts these days?!
Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |   six
seven  |  eight  |  nine
ten  |  eleven  |  twelve
If you aren’t sure what to pair with a printed piece, my favorite trick is to pick a color from the pattern and use it in the rest of the outfit.  I learned that one from Stacy and Clinton.  (I miss them!!!)  For example, for Option 4 above you could pair it with accessories, completer pieces, shoes, or a skirt in any of the colors: orange, red, purples, and even greens.  
Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o Forever 21 (exact)
Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Boots: c/o Forever 21 (exact, similar, similar)
Belt: Cotton On
In the outfit above I paired the dress with a navy cardigan since there is navy in the print.  (See HERE for why I love this dress.)  For a fall-feeling look I went with booties instead of an open-toe shoe.  THESE BOOTS are awesome, by the way!  I was surprised how comfortable they are.  The website says the heel is 3 inches, but I think it’s more like 2 to 2.5″…and even then you can hardly tell because they’re comfy.  They’re also made of rubber instead of plastic or wood, which adds to the comfort.  There are two more very similar options that have different shaft heights which you can find HERE (lower shaft) and HERE (higher shaft).
Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o Forever 21 (exact)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Boots: c/o Forever 21 (exactsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Gap (similar)
The other thing you can do with prints is to pair them with neutrals.  However, if you want to mix things up, mix your neutrals!  Here I used three neutrals–grey, black, and brown.  
Lastly, if the print is neutral, like options THREE, SIX (I love this one!), TEN, TWELVE, and sort of EIGHT, pair it with any color!  Easy peasy, but your outfit won’t be boring because you’ll have a fun pattern or print working in your favor.  
Which piece is your favorite?

Thank you to Forever 21 for sponsoring this post.  For more info on PMT’s sponsorship philosophies, see disclosure.

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