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How To Wear: Artistic Prints

May 16, 2014
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In celebration of Art Basel Hong Kong continuing this weekend, we're showing you how to wear one of the biggest trends of the Spring/Summer 2014 season, the artistic print.  How does an art print differ from a regular print?  Artistic prints often emulate brushstrokes, paint blots, watercolours and pop-art motifs.  They are generally colourful (though not always) and are true statement pieces.  We here at Stylecab think that they are perfect to get you through the summer, looking fresh and chic.  And they make such a statement on their own that coordinating other pieces to go with your art-print pieces is incredibly easy--just stick to neutrals and basics, really!  Here are some of Stylecab's favourite ways to wear the artistic print trend this season, courtesy of the likes of Lucky's Eva Chen, designer Vika Gazinskaya and blogger Peony Lim.


In Bloom: a voluminous midi-length skirt in an artistic print immediately lends itself to a feminine, almost blossoming effect.  Pair it with neutral tones to let the skirt shine.  Lucky editor-in-cheif, Evan Chen, stuck to a black colour palette to add a touch of edge to the feminine shape of the skirt.


Ladylike Elegance: throw an artistic print cropped jacket over a ladylike dress with a pencil-skirt shape and top your look off with a structured bag and timeless pointy pumps for a fail proof work look. Blogger Peony Lim demonstrates the look to perfection!


Bold Bags: if you're not keen on wearing prints, then why not carry one, instead!  In the form of a bag, of course!  A large flat clutch is the perfect canvas on which to display and artsy print and the piece immediately livens up your favourite pair of baggy boyfriend jeans.  Wear with sneakers on the weekend or dress it up with a pair of bright heels for evening.


The Statement Summer Coat: invest in a statement summer coat with and artsy print to be worn with perennial wardrobe favourite such as black trousers, a LBD or jeans.  Minimal effort for maximum effect!  Vika Gazinskaya shows us how it's done!


Mix Master: try mixing your artistic print with other textures.  The key here is to mix one art print with one classic print, such as horizontal stripes, plaid or polkadots, in order to keep the look from looking too outlandish.  Stick to similar tones for an easy-to-wear look.


Black-and-White Works, Too: people tend to think that prints must be colourful, but that is not the case!  If you're more of a monochromatic girl, then a black and white artistic print can be just as chic.


Toughen it Up: take a cue from Yasmin Sewell and pair your colourful artistic print skirt with edgy black pieces such as a black top and black leather boots to give it a cooler, edgier 'downtown' look.

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