a challenge of prints!

For those that have been following me on Instagram and on my Facebook page, you would have noticed me wearing lots of prints last week. This was a challenge set by a fabulous blogger, Style and Shenanigans where a print was to be worn each day over six days. It was a great mix of stripes, animal print, dots, check, geos and a print clash.

I do love prints, but find that I do wear more blocks, so I thought this will be a great way to style my prints for everyday wear, giving me a chance to know what prints I lack which might be worth investing in more…and to find out which prints I already have too much of..which wasn’t too hard given the large number of leopard prints I have in the wardrobe staring right back at me!. So let’s kick off with the Prints!

Day 1 – Stripes


Stripe Tee Decjuba // Uniqlo Vest // Coco and Chloe necklace // Nautical Ballerina shoes Zara

This wasn’t too bad, given it was a relatively warm day, and a tee was all that was needed. I used the vest to break up the horizontal effect of the stripes (good for those with broad shoulders or if you are an inverted triangle)

 Day 2 – Animal Print


Top Target // Necklace Markets // Black pants Portmans // Flats Zara (no longer available, find similar at Nine West Shoes) // iPhone 5 cover Typo

This was heaps of fun for me as I have many pieces in this print! It was simply a matter of choosing which one really. Given it was a work day, I chose to wear a long sleeve satin blouse in bright pink, and paired it with an animal print bead necklace (hardly worn) which I picked up from the markets in Gold Coast last year. And to complete the outfit, went with these beautiful pointed toe flats from Zara. I think fuchsia and brown is good combination, don’t you think?

Day 3 – Florals


Floral peplum top from random shop overseas // worn with black pencil skirt & black pumps

What I realised was that I didn’t have too many floral prints in my wardrobe. Although I love looking at them, they somehow never made it back with me too often. I will definitely be looking at this print a little more now. It was a work day, so this top was perfect as it was professional yet fun.

Day 4 – Spots


 Black top Witchery // Black see through cape Crossroads // Red pants Zara // Silver flats Charles & Keith // Black shoulder bag Bardot // Scarf Myers

Love polkadots! Casual day out. Here I chose to accessorise with this polkadot scarf. Scarfs are great accessories and prints can definitely add character to an outfit. So go prints if you can! 🙂

Day 5 – Geo/Check


Scarf Blue Bungalow (gifted) // Black long sleeve tee Seed // Bag Mocha // Tan flats RMK Shoes (similar one here) // Leggings Uniqlo

Geo’s and checks are gorgeous. I have been wanting to wear this bright and beautiful scarf recently gifted by the lovely ladies at Blue Bungalow, so this was my chance. The bright colours certainly brightened up my day too, given that Melbourne decided to put on a grey and gloomy day. Accessories it was to stick with the challenge.

Day 6 – Print Clash


 Stripe tee ASOS // Floral scarf ASOS // Boyfriend jeans Big W // Bag Mocha // Shoes ASOS

Do you like to print clash? I must admit, I probably do it more often than I realise. My favourite combinations? Stripe and florals. Stripes and polkadots. Polkadots and polkadots, in different sizes. I loved this print clash! Print clashes can be scary if you don’t usually do it, but one way to go with this is to introduce it via small bits, like a pair of shoes, or a scarf, or a belt….

That brings us to the end of that print challenge week. As you can see, there’s lots of ways to play with prints in your outfit. From a bold top, to less intimidating ways like a piece of accessory. All in all, it was a great week of prints to play with. It gave me ideas, and inspirations drawn from others who played along! Thank you Style and Shenanigans for the challenge!

Did you join in the challenge? Do you wear prints much? What’s your favourite print?

XOX Monica

LAS stylefile: florals in berry…

Autumn is a great time to start layering as the weather starts to cool down. Given that we have been very fortunate to enjoy a warm autumn here in Melbourne, it is still great for wearing the light weight kimonos.

Recently purchased this beautiful three-quarter sleeve bouquet kimono from ASOS, with some BERRY coloured floral print! If you’ve been around the malls, you will see how this colour is now making it in big for the winter collection. It is a beautiful winter colour, although on the darker tone, is still able to give an outfit a little bit of lift and character. If you’re after kimonos, have a look at the whole range on ASOS, lots of variety to choose from.

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Here I’ve worn it with a pair of Lee Cooper skinny jeans, from Big W, which I must say for the price paid (under $30.00) is super comfy and super stretchy, which is a win win in my books!

Also worn here is a black tee bought on sale at Sussan (find similar ones here). One of my best buys, as I frantically looked through those sale racks, and when I found my size? I did the happy dance!!

Accessories is a big one for me when dressing. Sometimes I start with the outfit, and then work towards the accessories, but some days it’s backwards. I think of the accessories I want to put on, and then choose an outfit. So today, for some reason, I wanted to wear these berry coloured pumps, bought from Merchant Shoes. And so it was a backwards dressing kinda day!


And to add a little bit of BOHO, I’ve put on this gorgeous necklace with coins hanging off it, which I bought off the sale rack for under $10.00 from Lovisa. Not seeing it online, but find similar from Bohemian Traders, here.

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I must say, I absolutely love this colour BERRY! Will definitely be adding more of this colour to my wardrobe!

Do you like this colour? Would you wear it? Or not really your cup of tea….

Would love to hear your thoughts, leave me a comment below 🙂