How To Style A Classic Print?

How To Style A Classic Print?

Photography : Jamie Walker

Welcome to my first blog post of the decade – how to style a classic print? Happy New Year to whoever is reading this post. I know the celebratory hype of the new year is well and truly over. However, it is never too late to wish someone the best in love, health, wealth and fashion (of course). As Coco Chanel once said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Despite recurring fashion trends on the global treadmill, a new decade of decadent style is upon us.

We are moving into new times of fearless behaviour, attitude and freedom of reckless speech (without meaning to dive into political rhetoric). Still, from a fashion perspective—individual style is dominating the streets, indeed, hence the subject-matter of how to style a classic print? Think polka-dot and animal prints, both of which are traditionally classic. Depending on your style, however, you may prefer a traditional polka-dot dress or an extravagant polka-dot blouse. If your style is unapologetic (like mine), you will like the white-mesh-polka-dot-balloon-sleeve top from Femme Luxe.

Classic Polka Dot Print

I have a slight obsession with billowing sleeves at the moment. They make a statement and can look slightly overpowering, and that’s why slim-fitting trousers or a pencil skirt would counter-balance such a voluminous blouse. For this reason, I opted for a faux leather pencil skirt to wear with the monochrome polka-dot blouse. In terms of body-shape suitability, the style of the shirt would suit a pear shape, which is typically characterised by a narrow shoulder line and fuller hips. A generously cut blouse with full sleeves would even out the upper body of a pear-shaped female, thus creating a proportional body shape overall. Additionally, monochrome is a classic, timeless trend that suits all complexions.

Classic Monochrome, plain white or both?

A classic white shirt teamed with a black skirt or trousers oozes style and sophistication. Nonetheless, you could fall into the trap of looking like everybody else or replicating a traditional ensemble without adding your style footprint. A dose of the latter will enable you to forgo the norm in the style stakes. That said, I came across a high-neck top in white-mesh organza with polka dots on Femme Luxe; it is classic with an added quirky twist. I paired the blouse with a pair of faux-leather trousers and trainers to create a casual-smart look. The fit of the organza polka-dot top is more fitted than the balloon-sleeve blouse. However, both are suitable for a pear-shape, lean-column or hourglass-shaped female with a minimal or fuller bust. Regular-fitting blouses accommodate a full bust. White tops or T-shirts are universal and thus an essential wardrobe staple.

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Style A Classic Leopard Print

Red leopard print is another classic trend and a favourite among many fashion-conscious people. Femme Luxe has a structured crop top in red leopard print, which oozes sex appeal. That said, it is the kind of item you would wear in the evening. For a slender or slimming look, I will suggest combining the corset top with fitted jeans, trousers, or a pencil skirt. On the contrary, wear a skater or A-line skirt to create a curvaceous silhouette that will complement a full hourglass or round shape. The colour red looks great on all skin tones and stands out at night.

A corset top is tight-fitting so may not look flattering on someone with a big bust. One of my fashion rules of thumb is to step away from the clothing rail if you cannot find your size. (Why live in denial?)

The Classic Shirtdress

Summer is not quite here yet, but most of us (and forgive me if I am wrong) own a shirtdress. The latter is a classic wardrobe staple and tends to be thermodynamic; hence, it keeps you warm when you are cold and refreshing when you are hot.

A Shirtdress is practical, especially as holiday attire. Femme Luxe has a khaki-pleated-long-sleeve shirtdress, which is one for the suitcase. For a more comfortable fit, it is worth ordering the next size up. The style of the dress is more suitable for a petite hourglass, rectangle or athletic shape as it is quite short. Furthermore, khaki is an autumnal colour with earthy undertones and a suitable match for casual attire. I will suggest layering the shirtdress with a chunky knitted jumper in cream.

For extra warmth, combine a shirtdress with either thick black tights or jeans underneath a pair of knee-high boots. Lastly, accessorise with a thin black belt or chunky costume-jewellery. A new decade awaits which means more fashion revivals, colours, prints and trends—such exciting times for those who want to feel ten years younger. I should add that my main rule of thumb is to find comfort in your individuality as opposed to that of others.

Written by Style Icon Nat | Photography by Jamie Walker| Location – Elan Cafe – Oxford Circus | Femme Luxe Refinery – Paid partnership.


Style Icon Nat

Award-winner of the 2020 UK Enterprise Awards for most innovative celebrity stylist & lifestyle writer, Natalie is London based. Additionally, she is known for her work as a content creator and launched her blog in 2017 - Style Icon Nat's The Lifestyle Collective. The latter consolidated her creative skills and supports lifestyle, fashion and beauty brands. Natalie's fashion journey began in Harrods and Browns - South Molton Street, where she worked as a fashion consultant. In 2004, Natalie continued her fashion career as a personal shopper in Selfridges and set up Style Icon Ltd (a personal shopping company) in 2005. This led to worldwide travel for private clients, red carpet styling, student mentoring, public speaking at LFW, Clothes Show Live and British Airways corporate events. The end goal is to inspire, motivate and educate people globally. Natalie has a BA (Honours) degree in social policy & politics, PGCE and creative writing certification from Central St Martins.


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