How to Wear Graphic Prints without Looking Over-the-Top

Graphic prints are the perfect way to make a statement with your ensemble. However, if you’re already wearing an all-over print teamed with bold accessories, you’re not creating a good statement. So, keep on reading for our guidelines on how to wear graphic prints without looking over-the-top.

Wear prints proportionate to your body.


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Graphic prints can be a great way to add interest to your look, but they can also be distracting and unflattering for your figure. Though you may bolder prints, wearing prints that are proportionate to your body will be great. If you’re petite, avoid large prints that can overwhelm your frame and stick to smaller graphic prints that will be more flattering for your small frame. If you’re taller, then you can get away with wearing larger prints. But if you’re afraid losing your shape in a graphic print outfit, top it with a plaid cropped jacket like Masha Sedgwick did.

Stress your outfit with graphic prints.

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If you don’t shy from a bold print, go for a graphic dress. It’s easy but a lot of look so be sure to keep everything else spare as your dress is doing all the talking. Like fashion blogger Jenny Bernheim, you may opt for a graphic print dress coat but go for muted bag and black boots to let your dress steal the show.

Create a balance when mixing and matching your ensembles.

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When mixing and matching your ensembles, just pick one piece to showcase. If your dress is too catchy, balance it with a black vest and boots like fashion blogger Jenny Tsang did for a more pulled-together look. If you’re going for a futuristic style of graphic print, you may tea it with an architectural piece so that they’ll work together and you’ll create a cohesive outfit. Since wearing graphic prints can be tricky, the easiest way to ensure your look is polished is to choose a print for either the top or the bottom and remember to keep the rest of your outfit muted. With loud prints, it’s best to pair the graphic piece with something solid to balance the intensity.

Opt for a graphic print accessory to dress up your looks.

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Try wearing printed shoes or clutch as a statement piece. You can easily add a punch of intensity by carrying a graphic print clutch like fashion blogger Veronica Popoiacu did while wearing a monochromatic outfit. Remember that no matter how you try the trend, you want to look and feel confident in your ensemble. Bold, get-noticed graphic prints are in this fall, and we show you how to wear them in a way that’s chic, not garish.

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