OUTFIT IDEAS — 3 Bold Ways to Accessorize Your Favorite Printed Pieces

Solange Knowles is known for wearing her signature bold prints. Photo: Style Bistro

Solange Knowles is known for wearing her signature bold prints. Photo: Style Bistro

Accessorizing is a feat that can be hard to pull off. Once you’ve found that perfect outfit, it’s hard to remember that the work doesn’t stop there. From jewelry to handbags, shoes to headscarves, the world of accessories can be overwhelming even with your most reliable look.

When playing around with old prints, extras can feel like too much. It can be nerve-wracking to step out in a bold printed dress or romper, but throwing in additional accessories into the mix can feel iffy. Instead of shying away, go bold! Dark prints should have a pop of bright metal, plaids can’t be overwhelmed and crazy pieces should be allowed to shine as they were intended. Follow these three simple rules and never fret about how you’ll accessorize a printed piece again.

» Pair a dark and moody floral with a bold gold chain. Your necklace will stand out with detracting from the delicately gloomy floral and hardware-influenced straps.

THE SHOPPER: Carpa Opulent Bloom Print Dress, $270 at Ted Baker. Short Necklace, $10 at H&M.

» Use strong plaids in tandem with attention-grabbing bag. Let each line in the fabric serve as an accessory, and use a large, bold-colored solid bag tote around everything that you need.

THE SHOPPER: Textured Plaid Dress, $90 at Anthropologie. Hudson Moto Mini in Blood Orange, $265 at Rebecca Minkoff.

» Boost a busy pattern with big, bold earrings. Some patterns are too much to layer jewelry or bold bags on top of. For those, you should go for a different kind of bold accessory. Door-knocker earrings, clusters of multicolored jewels or more help you to stand out without overwhelming your beautiful face. Pull your hair back to show off the jewelry and to emphasize the print.

THE SHOPPER: Romper Playsuit with Raglan Sleeve in Floral Print, $40 at ASOS. Topaz Duster Drops, $38 at Baublebar.

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About Christine Elizabeth Cauthen

My name is Christine, and I love all things music, writing and fashion. I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri with a major in magazine editing and a minor in Sociology. I love to read, watch documentaries about the ocean and have stimulating conversations with friends. Say hello.