Its great to find pieces we love, but even better when they're sold for affordable prices. Here is a great example of that wonderful feeling of finding gorgeous, inexpensive pieces, as well as a few awesome tips on how to mix and match bold prints to create a chic, cohesive outfit that is perfect for many occasions. Sian tells us more:
I was insanely excited when I heard that Marimekko was collaborating and designing a line for Target; I love their bold, graphic prints. I featured this Marimekko skirt and top when they designed a line for Banana Republic some time ago and this skirt remains one of my favorite pieces I have ever owned…
I stalked out the line on Target’s website knowing that it would sell out pretty quickly. I had my eye on the shorts I am featuring in this post, and any of the palazzo pants. I ended up with both! The palazzo pants run slightly small, so I need to lose a couple lbs to fit into them, but the shorts worked perfectly. I did a little print mixing, and can’t wait to rock these shorts all summer. They are still available!
Some people complained about the quality of this line. I disagree with those reviews – the material is perfectly lightweight for summer, you are getting the Marimekko designer print, and, um, this is from Target at a great price point – you can’t pay $19.99 and expect the same quality level of a $300 garment. The materials are purposefully breathable and lightweight – it’s a summer line!
I played with the print by adding a simple striped blouse from LOFT. I love mixing prints…if you missed my previous posts on how to do it, here are my tips…
- Make sure one color repeats in every piece of the outfit.
- Mix polka dots and stripes – it’s a really easy way to start mixing prints. Using black and white also makes it really easy!
- Blend small prints with larger-scale ones. Two prints of equal scale can be overwhelming.
- Don’t get print crazy – stick with mixing two to three prints max, this includes your accessories – keep it simple. Try using solid colored accessories like a clutch or oversized necklace or belt to anchor the outfit.
- Use monochromatic colors with different prints.
Sian is the woman behind the stylish fashion and beauty blog, Girl, Inbetweenied. She blogs to be a "fashion and beauty inspiration for the average-sized woman" in response to the fashion industry's unrealistic beauty standards of female size. A resident of Washington DC, Sian is a proud Inbetweenie and advocate of universal beauty for all sizes. Follow Sian on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!