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My Career: Screenwriter and theatre-maker Sian Ní Mhuirí

Sian Ní Mhuirí

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Lilly Higgins

Women in Sport: Longford athletics star Yemi Talabi on motivation, misogyny, and mindfulness
Women in Sport: Longford athletics star Yemi Talabi on motivation, misogyny, and mindfulness

Yemi Talabi

What to bake this weekend: Coffee and walnut pavlova with coffee-poached pears
What to bake this weekend: Coffee and walnut pavlova with coffee-poached pears

Graham Herterich

Trust me. You don’t need that for your baby
Trust me. You don’t need that for your baby

Amanda Cassidy

Why we love a good celebrity feud
Why we love a good celebrity feud

Amanda Cassidy

Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible Irish actor
Prepare for a Paul Mescal supremacy — 5 upcoming or new releases from the incredible...

Sarah Gill

Three newly opened Irish restaurants to try out this weekend
Three newly opened Irish restaurants to try out this weekend

Sarah Gill

Author’s Bookshelf: Clodagh Finn on paying homage to the women who have made Ireland what it is alongside Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland
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Sarah Gill

What to make this weekend: Saturday night dinner for less than €6
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Sarah Finnan

Image / Fashion

How To Embrace Print When You Keep Things Plain And Simple


By Marie Kelly
21st Apr 2017
How To Embrace Print When You Keep Things Plain And Simple

As we roll into May and on through summer, you’ll see a kaleidoscope of colour and print, in the stores, on the streets and in the pages of IMAGE Magazine. For those of you who fear you’ll feel and look like a pariah, don’t worry. There are plenty of subtle and stylish ways for women who prefer to keep their outfits plain to wear print without compromising their own personal style. Here are a few ideas.

Gingham can’so easily look like a picnic tablecloth, but in a fine check, and in monochrome, it looks subtle and serves almost as a neutral against which you can anchor other neutrals and?pops of colour. The chiffon fabric of this River Island blouse also dilutes any unwanted associations with childhood cheesecloth dresses. It helps to make gingham look grown-up and sexy.

Black gingham chiffon top, €45 at River Island

A simple side stripe, on a top or a pair of trousers, is one of the most fashion-forward motifs right now. Perfect for women who like to nod to the season without shouting out loud that summer has arrived.

Sports-inspired silk top, €175 at Sandro

Mint Velvet is a great label for subtle print detailing. It?favours the kind of painterly prints that are easy to wear and don’t intrude aesthetically on the rest of a look. This pretty cocoon dress is a great layering piece, whatever the time of year.

Print cocoon dress, €139 at Mint Velvet

Texture is another way of introducing the appearance of pattern to an outfit without actually sporting a print. The lace overlay below creates the impression of a floral design?but is far more subtle than botanical prints or floral motifs.

Guipure lace dress, €150 at uterque.com