What’s YOUR print personality? Expert reveals how your favourite pattern shows whether you’re tame and timid or utterly wild (and why zebra is the most flattering choice)
- Classic prints like leopard, polkadot and floral are seeing a fashion resurgence
- Meanwhile new patterns like snakeskin and zebra are also proving popular
- Celeb stylist Gayle Rinkoff reveals what these prints say about your personality
From to the tame and timid to the utterly wild, prints are everywhere this season.
Whether it’s in a full bold and bright outfit or a gentle nod with a small accessory, a cool pattern will immediately add an ‘on-trend’ edge to any outfit.
Classic prints including leopard, polkadot and floral have seen a resurgence, alongside wilder patterns like zebra and snakeskin.
And now celebrity stylist Gayle Rinkoff, who has worked with celebrities like Zoe Ball, presenter Vick Hope and Myleene Klass, has revealed what your favourite says about you and your fashion identity.
Speaking ahead of Canary Wharf’s Summer Fashion Event this weekend, she revealed how to give your look an edge if you play it safe with florals, and why zebra print is the most flattering choice for everyone.
Snakeskin – slave to trends
Celebrities like Rihanna love to experiment with the latest trends – and have the confidence to pull them off
You love experimenting with the latest trends and this print made its way into your wardrobe quicker than you can say Roberto Cavalli.
You’ll undoubtedly have picked up the print in dresses, tops, skirts and perhaps even a pair of boots.
And who can blame you? It’s similar to leopard in that it has become a neutral, works on nearly all skin tones and is a great print to break up a solid outfit.
Up your style credentials and go for the print in neon yellow – not for the faint-hearted, but if anyone can pull this off with confidence it’s you.
Look to brands such as Zara, Topshop and Whistles for inspiration.
Zebra – the monochrome purists
Supermodel Kendall Jenner loves a monochromatic print – which is a cool and easy way for those who love wearing black and white to take on an animal print
This is perhaps the easiest animal print to wear thanks to its monochromatic theme – meaning that those who favour classic colour blocks of black and white can experiment with a print that still works with their wardrobe.
If opting for zebra feels like too much of a jump, introduce it gradually – start with a zebra skirt paired with a plain white blouse and all-black accessories for a smart and impactful look which is suitable for work or drinks.
Look to brands such as Warehouse and Karen Millen for inspiration.
Polka Dots – retro queen
Actress and feminist activist Jameela Jamil looks to ‘bygone eras’ for style inspiration, like this polkadot number
You adore looking to the bygone eras for style inspiration and no one is happier than you to see the revival of the polka dot.
Just like gingham did in 2017, polka dot pieces have invaded your wardrobe for 2019.
You know a simple slip dress can be worn completely on its own and needs no styling, but try pairing it with a cardigan for chillier days, or for a cooler vibe, wear it over a t-shirt with big chunky grandad trainers.
There is no reason why you can’t mix your polka dots with your florals, look to Instagram for inspiration on this wearable summer trend.
Look to brands such as Ted Baker and Zara for inspiration.
Leopard print – the fashion warriors
Kate Moss is the Queen of leopard print – dedicated to trends but unafraid to experiment with her own individual style
There is no question that leopard print has become a wardrobe staple. It’s now an essential neutral and there is no getting away from it.
As a fashion warrior, you’re dedicated to the trends, aren’t afraid to experiment and look to Instagram for straight-off-the-runway looks, which makes leopard print perfect.
When putting outfits together, why not take it up a notch by pairing it with a clashing print like stripes and checks for something a little different.
(Side note: for those feeling a little less brave, try adding a smattering of leopard print across your outfit with a fab pair of leopard print sandals, and maybe a clutch bag. The smallest accessories can transform a plain outfit into something more interesting.)
Look to brands such as Sandro and Warehouse for inspiration.
Floral – the classicist
Myleene Klass is blooming – and more likely to pair classic trends and cuts with hard-working basics that stand the test of time
Nothing says new season to you like floral prints. You prefer not to follow the trends and your wardrobe is likely to be filled with classic cuts and hard-working basics which have stood the test of time.
The floral pieces this season vary from prairie buds to bold sunflowers and everything in-between, though you tend to opt for subtle florals rather than a big print.
Why not try teaming a pretty dress with trainers and a coloured blazer, instead of a biker jacket, for something slightly different.
Or team a floral skirt with a hooded sweatshirt and ankle boots for a dressed down look that pushes you a little out of your comfort zone.
Look to brands such as The Kooples, Maje and Ted Baker for inspiration.
Leading celebrity stylist Gayle Rinkoff has been working with Canary Wharf as part of their Summer Fashion Event taking place Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th May. Featuring free daily fashion shows bringing to life this season’s most wearable trends, the three day event boasts exclusive offers across a range of retailers with discounts of up to 35 per cent at stores including Ted Baker, Maje and Whistles. For more information visit canarywharf.com
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