Southern European Style & Beauty
Text: Nicola Rachel Colyer
Make a statement this summer in the season’s most attention-grabbing trend. From classic florals to logo mania, prints are taking on a new look with a ‘more is more’ approach. Pile them on abundantly, clashing or coordinating as you please; it’s time to have some fun.
Investing in a few pieces that can be easily layered is the key to working the print-on-print look. The slim fit, high neck and long sleeves on this top from French brand Maje mean that it will fit seamlessly underneath a shirt or dress, while the semi-sheer fabric will stop it from looking bulky.
This paint-splattered T-shirt from French brand A.P.C is a fun and unexpected way to do prints. It will quite literally add a splash of colour to your trusted basics but try layering it underneath a floral shirt or pairing with statement shorts to really embody the over-the-top spirit of the trend.
Take a walk on the wild side with this tiger-emblazoned backpack. For the print-shy, accessories are an effortless way to dabble in the trend and will instantly elevate the most understated of looks. For the brave among you, the bold design is the perfect accompaniment for a full-scale printed get-up.
In the world of print, stripes can be treated as a neutral, as they help to ground even the busiest of patterns – so you can’t go wrong with these slip-on trainers, no matter what you’re wearing. From classic looks to statement styles, they’ll be your go-to all summer long.
While there are no rules to pairing up your prints this season, there are a couple of tricks that can help to pull your final look together. Contrasting scales are an easy way to pair two prints together and this shirt from Italian menswear brand Ganesh does just that with a subtle contrast when the sleeves are rolled up. Choose a colour from the shirt to inspire the rest of your outfit to keep things easy on the eye.
Ease yourself in with a dress that does the hard work for you. The multiple patterns in this busy print from hip Spanish label Uterqüe are a ready-made way to tap into the trend, making it the perfect option to see you through every social event on your calendar this summer. Style it with white sandals for an elegant approach or go all-in with clashing bag and shoes for maximum impact.
A classic printed scarf will stand the test of time and is guaranteed to be a wardrobe staple for years to come. For now though, we love this logo offering from Spanish luxury brand Loewe, as a final flourish to a print-laden look. Tie it in your hair, around your neck or on your bag; the white background and varied colours mean it will go with almost anything.
Castañer may be best known for their classic Spanish espadrilles, but these colourful wedges will soon have pride of place in your wardrobe. The woven finish will hold its own against a patterned look but for those who prefer a more pared-back approach, they will instantly brighten up your favourite jeans and tee.
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