I love prints. No surprise there – my whole wardrobe is made of bright prints layered with solid basics.
Not all prints are created equal though, and I thought it would be fun to tease apart just what kind of prints we each are attracted too!
1. Large- or small-scale? Large-scale prints are bold and make a statement from a distance. To me, flowers the size of my palm would be large-scale, or stripes of at least an inch wide. Small scale prints are delicate and can look like solids from a distance. Liberty prints are a typically small scale, as are many tweeds or check shirtings.
2. Geometric or organic?
Geometric prints include stripes, dots, checks and plaids. I’d argue they also include graphics with a linear repeat, like little pineapples all in a row, or flowers in a strict grid layout.
Organic prints have curvier, looser, more imperfect shapes. Examples include loose florals, painterly designs, or patterns without a clear repeat.
3. High- or low-contrast? High-contrast prints have shades of dark and light side-by-side, like a black and white gingham or bright pink roses on a black background. Low contrast-prints mix similar tones, like camel and cream stripes or a pastel floral.
4. Monochromatic or multi-coloured?
Monochromatic prints are generally a single colour patterned with white or black, or shades of one colour contrasted with lighter and darker shades.
Multi-coloured prints are at least two colours, and possibly a whole rainbow! More is more, right?
So? Which descriptors did you choose?
My ideal print comes out as “Large-scale, organic, high-contrast, and multi-coloured”, which I have to say, describes a lot of the prints I chose. Here are some examples:
It can be hard to find “Large-scale, organic, high-contrast, and multi-coloured” prints (doesn’t it just roll off the tongue?) so I often settle for monochromatic prints instead, like these:
They aren’t ever my absolute favourite thing to put on, but they are close enough!
I’d love to know which descriptors you chose, and if you think it matches the kinds of prints you actually like! Did I miss any key criteria? Did you find it easy or hard to chose between the two options? For me it’s very clear cut, but it may not be for everyone!