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Prints glorious Prints, Part One: Treat Yourself

There comes a time, in every girl’s life, where she must part with her T-shirts adorned with cutsie animals on the front. True? Yes… but not entirely…. Thanks to the fabulous world of print fabric, cute becomes retro, chintz becomes vintage and brash becomes cool.

But it’s not just about expressing your inner child, the high street is a veritable patch work of prints at the mo.

Prints are a great way to express yourself and to spruce, or smarten up your casual wardrobe staples.

If you’re slightly daunted but intrigued by print, start with a shirt or a blouse.

I’ve done the hard work for you this week and found you oodles of options on offer in St Albans. These options are at the ‘Treat yourself’ end of the spendometer, for ‘Shoestring’ print pieces, tune into Part Two soon.

Hobbs came out tops for me this week, with a broad selection of wonderful print pieces on offer.

This fabulous horse print dress is my favourite. This simple belted, T shirt dress is immediately transformed into a quirky number by the wonderful horse print, perfect for channelling that My Little Pony obsession. The little dickie bow and white peter pan collar gives it a preppy twist, making it cute but keeping well away from the twee neighbourhood.

Team with: A lovely pair of brogues and a navy blazer, to top off the preppy look. Navy, or if your bold, maroon, opaque tights will work well with this dress in the chillier months.

This next shirt, combines two of my great passions, puppies and polka dots. Need I say more. Well maybe just one more thing… This shirt is very well cut, and that coupled luxe feel of this fabric, makes it playful yet very elegant. The blue and the white combo is also a winning colour match for me. It‘s subtle yet eye catching, because the print is so damn charming.

Team with: Skinny dark blue jeans and some gorgeous brown heeled lace ups or ankle boots. Some soft pink lippy and a good blow dry will add to this polished look.

This takes leopard print to a whole new level. The white background gives way to the lovely leopard illustration, making a subtle statement. The tie neckline and slight gather at the cuffs, give this shirt a sophisticated cut. It has a touch of Versace to it, but it’s more youthful. You can imagine Chanel no.5 wafting off this piece.

Team with: Fitted capri, cigarette or high waisted black pants. Tuck this shirt in and belt with a thin brown or black patent belt. Black ballet pumps for day and a patent or suede black heel for an evening/professional look. Good handbag essential.

The Dressing Room too was a treasure trove for print fabrics. Their selection was much bolder, embracing more colour and texture. Two of their brands Paul and Joe Sister and Virginie Castaway had me spoilt for choice.

This Paul and Joe Sister shirt is the epitome of feminine styling. With its soft colour palette, delicate bird detail and lovely bow fastening at the neck, this sophisticated piece is ladylike perfection.

Team With: An excellent pair of well fitting dark jeans or a lovely pleated skirt. For a bolder look, tuck it into maroon or burgundy fitted pants or beautiful high waisted, wide legged maroon tailored pants. This colour combo is knock out and will bring out the dark red flecks in the shirt.

This Virginie Castaway shirt is slick and professional with its clean lines and two tone palette. It’s subtle yet bold in its simplicity. I simply love matching coloured cuffs and collar.

Team With: Blue or black well fitting jeans for a casual elegance, or a well tailored black pair of pants for more corporate chic. A high waisted black pencil skirt to the knee, would also set this shirt off beautifully.

French Connection had a very striking grown up shirt on offer.

This bold mottled pattern, combines colours that you wouldn’t think would blend well together, but they look great splashed onto this fabric canvas. This is nice long shirt too, great for taller ladies and women with a larger bust.

Team with: Skinny black jeans, or tucked into some fitted capri pants. Embrace the colour, by adding some deep red wine tone lippy for a bold sassy statement.

Monsoon, had a beautiful blue bird print on a soft nude background.

These colours complement each other so well, making this blouse so very feminine and lovely. This colour is not for everyone though, it can wash people out and make them look a little pasty, so try this one on for sure.

Team with: Dark denim jeans or for a youthful bolder spin, bright cobalt blue jeans or fitted chinos to really bring out the blue colour of the birds.

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