Florals, stripes and polka dots are the classic prints of summer, but this year there’s one more. Wearable Art clothing showcasing pretty painted scenes is trending, and it’s is a fun way to express your playful side. Here are some tips on how to style it.
1. Make Wearable Art Your Focal Point
Wearable Art clothing can look chic, or it can look cheesy, and much of that depends on how you wear it. The key thing to remember is that wearable art clothing needs to be the focal point of your outfit. You don’t want a whole lot of other stuff junking things up and taking the spotlight away from the main art piece.
For example, one really good way to achieve this is to style the rest of your outfit very neutral. This colorful top with the European street scene, above, is bright and busy. To honor that, it’s been styled with dark denim jeans, a tan bag, and blush sneakers. This makes the outfit look balanced. The top pops and the rest of the outfit is like the background canvas, but without being boring. The shoes are neutral but add some much-needed texture to this look.
This isn’t the only way to style a wearable art top, but it is a classy way to to it. It’s a casual outfit, but the top adds a nice dose of drama and fun.
2. Choose A Modern Silhouette
Picture a print like the one this sheath dress as part of a tiered, full ruffled top and skirt. The look and vibe would be quite different! The best wearable art clothing has a clean, simple, refined silhouette. This way you see the print, and you don’t look like a big, busy mess.
Too much fabric or detail + an art print is overkill. To look modern keep it streamlined and classy and avoid clothing with lots of features like buttons, pockets, zippers, layers, etc.
3. Stick to a Theme
Much of the wearable art clothing that is popular right now has a travel theme. For example, this dress above with the seaside homes and blue-green Mediterranean water reminds me of the Italian Riveria. Since there’s a global/ exotic feel to this cute dress, why not play that up with accessories in the same theme?
Elegant gold sandals and a chic rope bag are right in sync with this holiday look. Think of your wearable art clothing like a story, and your accessories help tell the story.
4. Keep it Playful
Wearable Art clothing, especially travel themed, makes us dream about summer and vacation time. The clothes I’m showing are whimsical, playful and light-hearted. I’ve given you a few tips about styling them but don’t get too serious about it all.
If you like color and want to add a dash here or there, then choose a color found within the print of the dress. One small shot, like this yellow bag, is all you need to make your look more playful and cheery.
Keep your jewelry casual ( costume jewelry is perfect) and keep it to a minimum to complement and not distract from your wearable art print.
So have some fun this summer. Try something new and have fun wearing wearable art clothing!
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