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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Printed blouses are the thing for spring



My closet used to be a sea of solids.

I tended to buy shirts and blouses in straight hues of blue, green, pink, white or black, maybe a stripe now and then. I wasn't purposefully avoiding patterns, but I shied away from them. So often they seemed too loud, too busy or just too limiting in a wardrobe like mine, which depends on the flexibility that solids offer for mixing, matching and accessorizing.

But at some point, every diva must face her demons. I forced myself to start looking hard at prints. Then I actually bought some.

Just in time, it turns out. Prints blouses made the latest cut for spring trends, and they are turning up in all sorts of styles, fabrics and colors. Check out the possibilities:

PuffsleeveThis puff-sleeve printed blouse from Banana Republic combines two spring trends. Bright Color + Pattern = Instant Wardrobe Update. I'd spice up the look with a gold cuff bracelet or a simple long silver necklace. (The goal is to NOT compete with the print.) This top would also look super cute as an accent under a khaki summer suit.

Silk_lattice_3Black and white combos offer another fresh approach. The nice thing about this silk lattice print top from White House Black Market is that it goes well with black or white bottoms, or even the right color jean. You can cover your shoulders with a cardigan or jacket for a sophisticated day look, then be night-ready in a flash by shedding that top layer. Instant chic.

Confetti_2If you, too, feel wary of patterns, this flutter sleeve top with a confetti print from Target might be a nice way to ease into things. It's subtle, and only $19.99. Pair it with dark-wash jeans or chocolate slacks, and probably a cami.

I'm still picky about my prints. You probably won't catch me in paisley (though never say never, right?), but I'll be working florals, polka dots and geometric prints when the mood strikes me.

~ Deal Diva Colleen

[Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:13pm]


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