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ArtMeetsFashion Are days on the beach, road trips, fruity cocktails, bright patterned clothing or summery accessories at the top of your list? If you’re like me, it's all the above! It's summertime; bring out your fun patterns, prints and bright colored shorts. And let’s not forget the essential dresses, pants, skirts and shirts. Nothing demonstrates that you’re in full summer mode than pairing your favorite pair of denim cut-offs with a floral blouse or chevron printed top. You either love or hate prints. The problem with a print is that it can be difficult to style if you’re unsure of the prints that look best on you. Bold, loud, and colorful prints can be a little scary so instead of jumping into the pattern deep end, let’s test the pattern wearing waters. Instead of wearing a head-to-toe print, start mixing in prints with your favorite solid pieces. This is easy to do: get your favorite bright tank top and find a print that matches it. If you want your print to really match your solid piece, select a similar color from your patterned piece. For example: If you have a patterned pair of pants in blue, lime green, and white, take one of the colors and match it to a top. This monochromatic look is a sure fire way to create a cohesive look in both style and colors. Prints and patterns add interest to any outfit. Here are a few tips you can reference next time you’re ready to add some pizazz to your summertime look. What’s your favorite thing about summer? Pick an Easy-On-The-Eyes Pattern. Anything that would be difficult to capture in a photograph might be too busy. Instead of overly large optical illusions think thin stripes, black, cream or navy floral, tiny polka dots, and black-and-white geometric prints. The size of the print is important. When shopping for a summer print, you have three things to consider: color, size of the print, and the print itself. Print size is an important one. You don’t want to wear a pattern that overpowers you. For example, my figure is petite so I tend to select smaller prints. Avoid costume-y pieces. Any pattern that reminds you of Minnie Mouse is a huge no-no. Avoid any print that is too bright, big, or costume-y. This includes a bright-red dress with huge white polka dots. You can wear two similar patterns at the same time. If you do, make sure one graphic is slightly smaller than the other. Think, bold floral print against a subtler, flowery one. These two pieces aren't fighting for attention thus they work together. The smaller graphic is the supporting role to the bold print. 48 TAE MAGAZINE

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