When my boyfriend and I are together one of our favorite things to do is go aimlessly driving along the coastline. It’s almost like a form of meditation for us, no music, just us two, cruising and taking in breathtaking views that our little country has to offer. After driving around we had lunch at a place called Sky Beach. We had the best time there, the atmosphere was perfect and the food was great, definitely a must visit place if you ever happen to be on this side of the island.
Yes I’m in another comfy, casual outfit! Why? Because it’s flaming hot here and I have to be finding ways to stay chic, comfortable and COOL all at the same time. What better way than a maxi skirt and an itty-bitty crop top. I followed the basic rule of thumb which says the shorter the top the longer the bottom. Balance is key when sporting a tighter piece, especially during the day, so I went smaller on top and longer and looser on bottom with my tribal print maxi skirt.
I’ve had this skirt for a few years now (got it at a local store here in Jamaica) and I’m always pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the print is every time I pull it from the deep, dark hole in my closet. I paired it with a flirty, lace crop top and flatform sandals, then pulled it all together with my fringe bag. Now that I’m looking at this outfit it would have been perfect for Cinco de Mayo a few weeks ago…guess I’ll bear this in mind for next year!
I really think a tribal skirt is a great piece to spice up your spring-summer wardrobe. Nonetheless, I have friends who tell me all the time that they find it tricky to wear a printed skirt because they don’t know what to wear with it. I think it gets a little scary because of the combination of well—oh-so-many colors! I realize several of you appreciated my last post because I included a few tips….So if you happen to be having any second thoughts on what you should pair with a skirt filled with an array of colors, prints and patterns then keep reading because I left a few tips just for you!
1. Dare to be Basic! Don’t be scared of prints…if you fear prints I’m assuming it’s because you think there’s just too much going on, so to help maintain balance just keep it simple and let the print do the talking. Prints can be loud and very in-your-face, so lets tone it down and pair it with more basic pieces that will compliment the prints instead of causing a commotion. A basic tee is a good start, or a crisp button-up blouse or a denim shirt. This keeps the look very simple and makes it easy for anyone to wear since it requires little effort to look good.
2. Go with a neutrals- this builds off the first point of sticking with basics. But think basic/neutral tones like black, white, or anything nude to pair on top. So if you’re having trouble choosing a color top always start with neutral tones because they can be paired with just about anything, even that tribal skirt full of colors.
3. Pull Colors Out of the Print- try pulling colors out of the print itself and introduce them somewhere else in the outfit such as your top, bag or shoes. Basically I’m saying to match your top with one of the colors found in the print. Go with this option if you’re a bit bolder!
4. Mix the Print- I saved this for last because this one is for my gals who are more daring and up for a style challenge. As long as you stick with the tips above you can mix prints successfully too by focusing on matching colors and not so much on the prints. Keep your fabrics and prints in the same color family and you’ll be good to go! OR tone it down by pairing neutral prints with colorful prints.
I think my tips may have given you some insight on how I style my own outfits. It’s always about having a basic piece, a statement piece and matching colors. I prefer my admirers saying ‘Wow, what an awesome print!’ rather than ‘Wow, what’s going on here?’ Talk soon loves! Enjoy your weekend. Nuff love Natasha ♥