street style knits | do you do prints?

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So lets face it, winter is in. We get freezing mornings,  a peak of sun towards noon, and more cold by 4pm? So its cardi after cardi, jacket after jacket, knit after knit. Have always been a block-colour-knit sort of girl, but lately have been trying some patterned ones, for some variety. And when I found this print? and on sale? I had to give it a go. No regrets!

Shop my style:

Camouflage knit @Seed

Jeans, Lee Cooper @Big W

Earrings @Reflections (similar ones online)

Pewter shoes, Gino Ventori @Mountfords

Puffy vest @Uniqlo

Do you like printed knits? or prefer plain colours?

xox monica

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

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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

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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 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