Embrace summer bohemian style

Fever London, june dress, �74.99
Fever London, june dress, �74.99
The Southsea Alternative Choir  Picture: Paul Windsor

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Print and pattern are still very dominant as a trend this summer. There are some wonderfully diverse choices in the shops, so there really is no excuse not to introduce a little excitement into your holiday wardrobe.

Depending on your personality, colouring and shape, you could try any of the following print trends for a vacation look: Safari with African inspired, colourful animal prints; Ibiza bohemian cool with Aztec style designs; Oriental with bold floral motifs and embroidery; or English vintage with retro feminine blooms and textured flowers. Introduce the theme subtly via an accessory such as a scarf or bag. Alternatively, be daring and try it in a swimsuit, a kaftan or a maxi dress.

Not all print works for everyone, whether home or away. The key with pattern is to select those with the same lines as your natural body lines. If you have quite a boyish, straight up and down figure, you should reflect this by wearing straight lines in your patterns.

You could definitely embrace the Sixties-style geometric checks or the monochrome stripes, chevrons and zig zags that were all over this season’s catwalks. These straight patterns will flatter a straight figure and create a dramatic look.

If you are more curvaceous or hourglass in shape, then florals, Oriental patterns and animal prints will be perfect as they reflect a softer, more abstract and rounded shape.

Remember, wherever you place pattern on your body, it will tend to draw attention to the area, so make sure you wear it on the parts that you like about yourself.

When it comes to pattern, there are a few general tips which apply to everyone: vertical and diagonal lines used in a print tend to be lengthening, slimming and can actually be utilised to minimise problem areas. Horizontal patterns shorten, widen and emphasise an area.

Lastly, wear print head to toe, maybe with a dress or a trouser suit. It can be camouflaging because it provides continuity.

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