Together with textile designer Maria Manzini, we have compiled a glossary of the most current terminology in the print world. You will soon find yourself speaking “contemporary print design”.
Autumn. We say goodbye to the last rays of summer and greet the falling leaves and the first storms. And with that, our summer wardrobes are packed away. A versatile trans seasonal outfit starts with a print top or blouse. Think about it: it’s too early for thick winter sweaters when the sun still reaches into our living rooms and offices, but in a blouse with an eye-catching pattern, you can be effortlessly cool, chic or laidback depending on what you team it with – and you won’t overheat. If the wind is rattling the windows and your bike ride means surviving heavy showers, the print top is the perfect layer to wear under a gorgeous coat or a pretty knit. Perfect, because it isn’t too thick, and classy because it lends your autumn weather outfit that touch of elegance. With the festive season coming up, a blouse accessorised with beautiful earrings is an understated party look, while when spring come along, there’s nothing like a blouse to announce the freshness of the new season.
How do you choose a print?
Summum Woman offers several print tops in its collection. The leopard print (1) is a classic that has undergone an update: enlarged and coloured. The result is a paint-like effect in red, grey and black printed on a high-necked ¾ sleeve top.
Also pretty is the subtly sporty top (2) in a supple viscose with bold leafy shapes in evocative autumn tones like chocolate, sand, anthracite and ice blue. The top is finished with a sweatshirt hem and cuffs with a contrasting gold band: a popular style clash that is very now – just think of Gucci’s runway show.
Black-and-white prints are always attractive due to the powerful light and dark contrast. Black-and-white also goes well with colour, from signal red to soft pink. Summum Woman presents a black feather-like print (3) on a white background that is used for a ruched blouse featuring a contrasting black trim and a top with ¾ sleeves (4) and a subtle puff and an openwork overlay. In the same colour scheme, you can opt for a polka dot blouse (5) with white dots on black or black on white featuring a keyhole neckline and sleeves that flare below the elbow.
Other standout pieces from the collection include the delicate black-white-rust leaf print top (6) with its festive lurex thread; the flowers and birds on a dark background print top (7) featuring elasticated cuffs; and the sweatshirt-style top (8) in a luxuriant print of deep blue and red organic shapes overlaid with clusters of small and large white polka dots.
How to wear prints
A print top is the star of your outfit: not much should be added. The easiest thing to do is pair it with a plain coloured separate. Print on print can work, but usually should be colour-matched. A print blouse adds a subtle accent worn under a cardigan and can be instantly dressed up with a plain, well-cut jacket. The delicate fabric of a chiffon print top also creates an exciting contrast worn with a chunky knit – perfect for those changeable weather days. An on-trend look is the marriage of a feminine blouse with chic track pants, perhaps with a contrast stripe down the seam. And for the festive season, wear your print blouse with statement earrings in rhinestone or coloured stone. Very fashionista!
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