Best tips for wearing printed skirts

With warm weather on its way, so I’ve heard, many women will want to start wearing more color. A lovely way is to add (or take out) some printed skirts for refreshing summer looks. They’re just cool and flattering.

For ladies who worry about the width of their hips or the length of their legs, embracing summer style obsession with printed bottoms can be a challenge. To the assurance of all the lovely ladies, there’s definitely a right way to wear a power print without feeling self-conscious.

The important part of all styling is “balance” and that’s exactly what will make you rock printed skirts. The secret to pulling off a print on your lower half is to balance the rest of your ensemble crisp and clean. One of the classic tricks is to wear the most basic shirt or top possible and allow your skirt to take center stage. And, opt for sleek accessories to provide some extra sophistication to your look.

Some common problems with printed skirts and solutions:

  • If you really want to downplay your hips, thighs and legs, look for details that slim and take the focus away from them. Here are some of the best skirt styles that downplay curves:
    • A-line shape – It perfectly skims your curves.
    • Full circle skirts.
    • Vertical details such as darts, pleats, visible vertical prints etc.

Also, balance the print skirt with a solid top in a lighter or brighter color that closely matches a color from the skirt.

  • If you want to add curves to a skinny frame, or narrow or straight hips, then have a wide range to choose from! Compared to curvy gals, you’ll benefit from lighter colors, bolder prints and shiny fabrics because they visually expand your hips and thighs. You can opt for a belt to create or add definition at the waist area.

As you get your wardrobe ready for summer, check out these skirt styles and how to make them look stylish when it is super-hot outside.

  • Bright and bold

Brighten up your wardrobe with our gorgeous colors and bold patterns. To balance the boldness of the skirt, keep the top in solid color.

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  • Floral prints

One of the most popular patterns. Depending on your proportions, keep the print moderate if required. Too big floral prints can often make you look broad and stumpy.

  • Animal prints

When it comes to prints, animal prints are a must try for many. You can give it a try preferable with a solid top.

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  • Black and white

The classy combo when it comes to any print or pattern. Add some pearl accessories for a classy retro look or add some bright ones to bring a twist.

Street style | Black leather top and printed skirt.

Street style | Black leather top and printed skirt.

  • Tropical prints

Want to feel like in a tropical beach holiday? Bring the mood in with some cool tropical prints.

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  • Polka dots

Another classic most of can’t live without.

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  • Tribal prints

Yes, Aztec prints are already in vogue (the image on left). But look beyond and try different tribal prints. In this picture, right, is a striking skirt with African (Ankara) print.

  • Asymmetric prints

They create eye-catching effects with these different patterns.

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  • Abstract prints

Abstract prints are growing as a trend. Catch eyes with one.

  • The latest trend – Art Theme

One of the latest trend in the horizon of printed skirt is to go artsy! Prints, inspired by works on canvas, are going strong. Why not try the trend?!

  • Long and slit

Doesn’t this picture speak for itself? Turn heads with long printed skirts.

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  • Skater and super-cool

Go supercool and sexy in short printed skirts. Team with crop tops, turtlenecks, noodle straps to get the ideal summer look.

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  • Large swing

Luxurious, super-feminine and ultra-dressy, large swing skirts create an exceptional look.

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  • High waist

For some classic retro effect.

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  • Long and medium flared

Go for gorgeous floor length flared skirts to create a different look. Too much clothes for summer? Team it with tube tops or tank tops to balance out. Great camouflage for the days when your legs are feet are less than perfect to be flaunted.

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  • Magical mini

Fitted printed mini can work wonders if accessorized correctly. Follow the picture to see how a sophisticated look night-time/party look is created.

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  • Asymmetric hemline

Have some fun with the asymmetric hemline.

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  • Long and fitted

Great style for creating an illusion of length. The close fit makes you look tall and lean.

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  • Mind-blowing midi

While not many people sport this length of skirts but midi skirts can do a wonder. They give you a very feminine appeal without attracting any attention to any specific part of your body. Try printed midis with plain tucked tops for a new summer look.

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  • Sheer magic

Sheer printed skirts feel summery and sexy. Ideal for a hot day out or for pool or beach outings.

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Printed skirts in office

There are a few things to keep in when wearing printed skirts to the office. Some or all may apply depending on how conservative your work environment is.

  1. Choose the print carefully – Too bold or loud prints might not be idea for office wear. You can choose small, sober prints of patterns to keep the look stylishly different
  2. Choose professional colors – You can choose bigger or marginally bold prints for the office as long as there is some sort of base neutral found in the print. This is important as with that you can use to tie in more conservative colors into your outfit.  To make it clearer, look for skirts that have a navy ground, or bits of black, or white in them and then use these neutrals to tone down what you wear with them.
  3. Keep the silhouette or cut of the skirt like other formal skirts – Prints can sometimes look too casual for the office environment.  However, when a printed skirt is in a silhouette like a pencil, sharp A-line or fit-&-flare, like the general formal skirts. It comes off as more professional than the unstructured or flowing ones.
  4. Pair the skirts with more professional pieces – In order to keep a printed skirt outfit looking professional, be sure to wear more tailored or structured pieces with these styles.  Yes, you can wear relaxed pieces like cardigan with your printed skirts but be sure that they are not too unstructured or completely informal looking.  Generally, a well-fitted top or shirt or a formal blazer balances printed skirt perfectly for office environment.
  5. Accessorize professionally – Never ever forget that your accessories can make or break your look no matter what you are wearing. Since printed skirts add a dash of casual feeling to your look, for work, avoid casual sandals, overly ornate jewelry or inappropriate accessories that can make you look too casual for your conservative workplace. Keep the casual accessories for teaming up with your printed skirts on weekends or any informal place.

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What more do you want to add? Please put your valuable input in the comments.

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Best tips for rocking the sheer tops trend!

It was spotted on the runway more than a few times in the form of tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories. Sheer is one of the biggest trends on the horizon. Today, we’re focusing on sheer shirts and tops.

First of all, part of the fun with sheer is that it shows off some skin! Second, sheer is more versatile than you would think. A lot of people are intimidated by sheer tops because they feel like they show off too much skin. No, you can wear it with elegance and balance. Here are all your sheer-style worries settled. Check out these do’s, don’ts, cares, concerns and outfit ideas for some style inspiration to turn heads.

First and foremost: the most important decisions for rocking sheer tops, Underlayer options:

What should I wear underneath to not lose from that elegance (and colour) of the sheer top but also to tone down the edginess?.. This goes the most important and the most asked question. Instead of being exposed, address the situation by pinpointing the right underthings you need.

The underlayer rules for wearing a sheer blouse are simple:

  • Layer it with an opaque layer underneath
  • Choose the layering colour depending on if you want the upper layer or lower layer to be the obvious element. This may depend on where and how you intend to wear it; casual, sassy, edgy or official, whichever is your choice or requirement at that time.

Universal choice: Nude camisoles and tanks are often recommended for blouses that are accidentally sheer, in the case of a blouse that has intended sheerness as part of its design, and you might opt for contrast or color block instead. But it doesn’t always work well; your personal discretion on how you plan to look is most important for this.

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Peekaboo? The visible bra isn’t terribly taboo in many parts of the world but some zones are yet to warm up to the idea. Gradually. But in a professional or office environment? NO chance. A sheer blouse should be worn with an opaque underlayer, even if the sheer blouse is just peeking out from under a blazer or jacket. A bralette or half tank is not enough, as it is expected of you to cover your torso and navel.

For sheer tops worn alone, most eyes prefer a tank or camisole with straps wide enough to cover your bra straps. Tucking the tank into your skirt or pants works well if both pieces are the same or similar in color, as this creates a column of color and allows the blouse to shine.

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The safest bet is to utilize a tank that is the same color as the blouse. Black tank, black sheer blouse, great pairing. White tank and white sheer blouse can look very chic. Coordinated contrast can be created with similar colors or shades that play well together, as well as layering a solid sheer over a pattern.

Environment

Sheer may be trendy and beautiful but it’s definitely not perfect for every environment. It’s not something you can wear everywhere. Your official dress code or the dress code that goes with the different conservative, formal, semi-formal or business environments might not be very conducive for sheer dressing. I would always recommend exercising caution before leaving the house. No trend is worth being noticed for a wrong reason!

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 Sheers in office

If you work in conservative corporate environment, or other workplace that has fairly strict and modest dress codes, sheers are not acceptable under dress code. If you aren’t sure how sheers will fly at your office, ask your HR representative or boss before wearing. But, they can certainly be done tastefully, but, anytime, they are still a little more revealing than opaques by their very nature.

Be extra careful with underlayers if you are sporting a sheer piece in office. Stick to a tank or camisole that is the same color (or at least the colour family) as the blouse and have straps wide enough to cover your bra straps.

Choose the right colours:

A sheer blouse in a solid block colour works great with more muted tones. Blouses in black, white are able to be worked back with plenty of pieces in your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down.

Different looks

  • With button down: Layer your sheer top over a button down for a very unique outfit.

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  • Over a tank Pair: a sheer lace top over a tank, and add skinny jeans for a casual but cute outfit.

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  • With a dress: Do some summer layering with a loose sheer top over a tight dress.

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  • Belted babe: You can also belt the shirt over the dress to accentuate your waist.

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  • For a sheer layer: Leave a sheer button down open and wear it over a tank and jeans.

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  • Too sheer?: A top too sheer? Or, want to create a new look with the old sheer top? Use a contrasting shirt or top as a base.

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  • With Detail: If you want to wear sheer clothes but you don’t want it to be the focal point of your outfit, wear it with detail. Pick out a sheer piece with embellishments, print or other designs to take away some of the ‘sheerness’ and make way for the other details.

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  • Pretty prints: Combine a printed sheer top with a solid camisole or just the other way round.

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  • Sheer partiality: Create an interesting combination with little sheer panels or parts in an opaque top.

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  • Slip a crop: Slipping a crop over your sheer top can bring an interesting twist.

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For the sceptics

There’s something quite alluring about showing a touch of skin in a sheer blouse but that’s the exact factor that scares some of us. Here are some look tips to rock the trend and yet not feel daunted.

  • Feeling a little too uncovered? Add a patterned scarf or a half jacket to make you feel less conscious of the sheerness.

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  • Want to just try out the trend a little? Go for a top that has sheer sleeves or back only.

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  • Sheers can certainly be layered under sweaters or blazers, but their sheerness will be mostly masked. I find popping a blazer or a jacket on top makes it a little more conservative. You can still show a touch of skin without exposing too much.
  • If you want just a tiny hint of sheerness at the collar and cuffs, this is a great option.

The bolder rendition

  • Wear a black tank under a white lace shirt for a cool contrast.
    Wear a black sheer top over a black bra, and wear a cardigan over it to just let some skin peek through.

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  • Want to show off a little skin? Wear your sheer shirt over a bra or bandeau.

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  • Pair a patterned sheer top over a nude bra – the pattern makes it hard to tell there’s not much happening underneath.

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  • If you’re going out, go for a bolder look and wear a white sheer top over a black bra. Adding a blazer keeps this a bit more polished.

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  • Wear a bra the same color of your sheer top. A black lace top looks perfect with a simple black bra underneath.

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  • A lace tunic looks boho-chic over a black crop top and black shorts.

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  • Underlayer can be completely ditched with strategically placed panels or patterns. A huge favorite with celebrities but with a “caution” tag for the rest.

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  • In the summer, sheers make great pool or beach cover-up. Wear your sheer top over a bathing suit to show it off.

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How do you like your sheer tops to be styled? Pour in your tips and ideas.