When it comes to bold prints, fashion weeks and street style are all over them this year. From Diane Von Furstenberg’s dalmatian + neon checks print to Gucci’s tapestry prints, the message to the fashion world seems to be ‘go bold or go home’. You might be shy but no matter what your sartorial sense is, bold prints can be anyone’s cup of tea if worn right. A bold print can be big on any one of these: colour, size of print and quirk quotient of print. Whichever print you pick, paired with the right colours, accessories and silhouettes is key to pulling it off.
If you have doubts, I have a group of boss women who will solve them all. Yup, you guessed it. Bollywood’s most stylish women work bold prints with ease, and you can too. Just take notes as suggested by these 10 mighty fashionable instances below.
Shilpa Shetty tops the list of Bollywood’s bold and beautiful, and there’s no denying it. Do it like the seasoned actress in this Shivan & Narresh leaf print saree. Pick bold prints with a neutral base like white, or light pastels to keep your look fresh and chic, rather than stuffy and tacky.
POPxo recommends: Pure Silk Tussar Printed Saree by Indie Picks
When you’re wearing all print everything, it can get excessively busy, and not in a good way. Bollywood beaut, Ileana D’Cruz, exhibits one great way to lighten things up here. Throw on a blazer, or any cover-up of your choice that matches the print, and you’re good to go.
POPxo recommends: Pleated Tunic With Abstract Print by Zara
Our dear PC knows her fashion tricks, doesn’t she? Take notes on how to pick your prints from the Bollywood sensation - if you’re wearing bold colours like reds and blues, pick a smaller prints. Bold colours with big prints can be an overkill.
POPxo recommends: Floral Velvet Bralette Top & Pencil Skirt Co-Ord by Shein
Have a bold print on but want to be just a LITTLE more extra? Hold back on everything else, throw a hint of glitter or sequins in there like B-town icon Dips here.
POPxo recommends: Mustard Printed Crepe Saree by Manish Malhotra
Everything you do while wearing bold prints is to make sure that you don’t look like an unappetising melting pot. Another trick to achieve success in this area, like Amyra in her co-ord set, is to show a peek of skin here and there for some natural freshness - could be the midriff, arms, legs… you know what I mean.
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When in doubt, layer. If your print is too bold for you, layer with a jacket or a cape. If you can go bolder, layer with the same or similar prints. Just like Bollywood’s very own boss lady, Swara Bhaskar, in Artivijay Gupta here.
POPxo recommends: Pink Lily Print Palazzo Pants, Bralet and Jacket Set by Farah Sanjana
Take some much-needed inspo from Miss World, Manushi Chhillar in a tropical bold print here. A fail-proof trick to work your prints = choose tailored silhouettes to wear them in. Pantsuits, pencil skirts, tailored midi dresses et al. The simpler the shape, the better the print looks.
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If you have a great colour combination and print in mind like Bollywood’s best fashion girl, Sonam, go for it. Have faith in yourself and charge ahead, soldier. Just in case, a colour that works well with mostly all bold prints = white. You’re welcome!
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