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THE STYLE EXPERT

ERICA DAVIES ON… HOW TO WEAR PRINT

THE STYLE EXPERT

ERICA
DAVIES ON…
HOW TO
WEAR PRINT

Here at Style & Living, we’re huge fans of fashion blogger Erica Davies’ no-nonsense outfit advice. She shows our editor-in-chief Rachel Sullivan, on Instagram as @marksandspencer_rachel, how to wear print with her three golden rules for getting it right

 

RULE ONE: KEEP IT TONAL

Clashing patterns may seem scary if you’re not used to experimenting with fashion, but it’s a big trend for this year, and one Erica loves. “Florals are a versatile way to clash prints – they look great with leopard print, for example – but here we’re teaming them with checks,” says Erica. “The key rule for clashing prints is to make sure the majority of the colours are the same – with this outfit, the shirt and trousers are tonally similar. I’d style it with simple white trainers.”

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RULE TWO: MATCH YOUR TEXTURES

If you’re looking for an easy way to wear more print, you can’t go wrong with this season’s favourite look: leopard print. Opting for a printed skirt, so the pattern is further away from your face, can feel less daunting for some. “Team a bold leopard-print skirt with this gorgeous satin-effect collarless blouse from Autograph,” says Erica. “The khaki and brown work beautifully together; it’s quite safari chic. Another tip is to match similar textures – the skirt and shirt both have a subtle shine, so it works even though there’s a print and colour contrast. For a dressier finish, try this with black strappy sandals.”

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RULE THREE: PICK ONE ITEM TO ‘GROUND’ THE LOOK

Pick simple pieces to pair with your prints and you’ll find them a breeze to pull off. Choose an item that matches one of the colours in the print, or go for a classic design. “Stripes are a brilliant neutral,” says Erica. “I also love this fantastic skirt, which would look just as good with a bright T-shirt and blazer as it does with this striped jumper. I’ve chosen a black coat to ground the look – it pulls the various prints together and provides a neutral base that allows the pattern to sing.”

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Editor: Sophie Hines / Photographer: David Gubert / Stylist: Erica Davies / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke / Make-up artist: Lindsey Poole

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