Styling a printed dress

Printed dresses are a must have in my wardrobe. They can be difficult to style up. Especially if you are used to a more monochrome color palette, printed and colorful items may make you feel uncomfortable. But not me! I love me a good print and so I came up with 5 different printed dresses and how I like to style them up.

 photo stylingaprinteddress2_zpsz6fzh4rh.jpgDress | Asos
Cardigan | H&M
Shoes | H&M

This is a great spring/ summer outfit. The print on the dress is fun and tropical and the light blue shade makes this very summer appropriate. It is made of a sturdy but breezy cotton material and is fully lined. This makes it comfortable to wear and not too warm. I like pairing this with a thin cream colored cardigan as it is sleeveless. For shoes, I like to keep things neutral with a grey pair of heeled leather booties.

 photo stylingaprinteddress1_zpsnwsyke9k.jpgDress | Vila
Cardigan | H&M
Shoes | Clarks

A printed dress can be very versatile. It is a tad washed out in the pictures, but the main pop of color of this dress is a bright, almost neon, orange. This colorscheme makes it perfect for spring time, but because of the black base in the skirt this can easily be transitioned and worn in the fall as well. I prefer to pair this with an otherwise all black outfit to contrast with the brighter shades and make those stand out even more. If I would be wearing this in warmer weather I would opt for a black loafer or sandal and leave the shoulders bare.

 photo stylingaprinteddress5_zpsfl5yr27a.jpgDress | The White Pepper via Asos
Cardigan | Vila
Shoes | New Yorker

Gingham is everywhere this year and luckily I have a few items already in my wardrobe. This gingham dress has a baby doll feel to it, is again made out of a breezy cotton and has pockets. What’s not to love? The black & white print makes it super easy to style up. I prefer to pair a gingham print with a bold primary color such as blue, red or in this case yellow. I like how the color pops against the monochrome background and it elevates the dress beyond the pick nick blanket feel.

 photo stylingaprinteddress3_zpspaqngepd.jpgDress | Topshop
Blouse | H&M
Shoes | Asos

You may have seen this dress in my Pink for Spring lookbook. I love pairing a tea dress with brogues because it adds something retro and 50s to the overall look. I like how this has a full button down feature as well: it adds to the cuteness of the dress. And despite the fact that this dress is a peachy pink and has a floral print, it is still very wearable. The shade of the dress itself is very neutral, which makes it easy to pair with many different items. I simply prefer denim as it is the easiest to throw on with anything.

 photo stylingaprinteddress4_zpsf94trrxp.jpgDress | H&M
Blazer | Vintage
Shoes | Manfield

For the final outfit, I opted for another monochrome dress. This is very much a summer dress, but I wanted to show you that by adding a woolen blazer, some tights and black heels, you can easily make this work in the fall and winter time as well. For summer time, I would simply pair this with a fun pair of sunglasses and some sandals. The dress will do the rest as the palm leaf print will simply take over and be the outfit all by itself.

Do you wear printed dresses?

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