As prints continue to be the big fashion statement, the question is: what color bag and shoes do I wear with them?
There are prints and then, there are prints. Large and small, floral and geometric, abstract, pastel, vivid, and the list goes on… and on. Choosing the right handbag and shoes is not a one size fits all exercise. However, the right choice of accessories can make or break the impact of your look.
The best general rule is to choose a neutral. Neutral color shoes and bags have been prominent in the fashion scene for several years, probably because they are versatile and work well with bright colors and prints.
Don’t buy a print unless you absolutely love it. Even if you are not a “print person” you might find one that just makes your heart sing. This tells you that something about it resonated with your deep down inner being – that something about it says “you”. It should be in your color palette and the right scale for you. After that, make sure that one doesn’t see the print coming before one sees that it is you wearing it.
Now, you are ready to choose the right shoes and purse. For a repeat print like a polka dot, you can add interest with a bright accent of color. This black and white polka dot would be beautiful with a bright colored clutch – I would probably go with red but you could choose any favorite color. I would suggest a neutral shoes unless the wearer has dark hair. In this case, black sandals would work very well, reflecting her hair color to draw the eye back up to the face. The dress is light and airy so I would go with sandals with a light, airy feel as well and a smaller scale clutch.
The pink print has a lot of movement going on so I would choose neutral shoes and bag. It would be to hard find a color that would support this print and not become distracting. The maxi has even more movement and combines floral with geometric. Neutral shoes and bag will not fight for attention with the bold print .
This all-geometric dress needs a very strong personality not to have the dress wear you. I would have chosen narrower straps on the sandals since these seem too heavy and draw your eye to the feet. Black or neutral would work, depending on hair color.
It doesn’t look like prints are going anywhere soon, if you are contemplating jumping into the pond of prints, take advantage of new mark-downs in stores now.