Bold prints make a statement this summer

Prints and patterns are everywhere this season. They range from stripes, spots (which I noticed were very au courant with the Parisians when I visited Paris a few weeks ago ), florals, tribal et al.

How to make them work for you.

All this choice can prove a bit confusing for a “plain Jane” type of girl like me. However I soon found that if you work within colour families and pattern stories the task becomes easier and the opportunities to be more adventurous  greater.  Sticking to these two simple rules created some really stunning outfits.

I have created some chic and personal ways to adopt this trend. What do you think?


What could be fresher than sky blue when the sun is shining.


Bold prints for summer



Tribal, bold and with eastern promise.


Bold prints for summer



Copy the Parisians with spots all the way.


Bold prints for the summer





Rule 1. Keep the colour family harmonious

Rule 2  Keep the print story compatible

Rule 3  Enjoy playing with prints and patterns this Summer

All clothes and accessories available here

The dress I am wearing available here

Photos by Mr. P




  1. plutrell
    19th May 2014 / 15:19

    You look awesome in that dress! I really like all of the prints you selected and the colors. Great summer dress!

  2. Pondside
    19th May 2014 / 17:35

    I love them all, but especially the one you’re wearing. I wonder if I can get it in Canada. I have a wedding to attend in August and the bride has asked us to wear long dresses. This is one I can see on myself!

    • 19th May 2014 / 19:29

      Hi Pondside
      I have emailed the PR to find out if they ship internationally. I can’t find anything on their site.

    • 20th May 2014 / 17:24

      Hi Pondside
      I have had a reply and unfortunately Gray&Osbourn do not ship Internationally. You might like some at Nordstrom here

  3. Kathe
    19th May 2014 / 19:30

    Dress is too long.

    • 19th May 2014 / 19:32

      Hi Kathe
      I know however I did not have time to get it shortened before the photoshoot. It will go to my dressmakers next week plus appropriate shoes so that it is the correct length.

  4. Eleni
    19th May 2014 / 22:25

    Love, Love the long dress. You suit it perfectly. Looks very young and fresh.

  5. stylecrone
    20th May 2014 / 14:33

    You are stunning in polka dots. Love how the dress fits to perfection. You have inspired me to check my closet for dots!

  6. Sharon
    20th May 2014 / 14:51

    I love the dot dress and the blue outfits. I’m not sure I would wear dotted pants. I also like stripes.


  7. Jess
    22nd May 2014 / 16:37

    Love all the blue patterned outfits you put together. You look fab in this dress. I love wrap or the gathering that adds the shape to it, so lovely on you
    please drop by

  8. Kristi
    3rd June 2014 / 03:19

    The dress is lovely (love polka dots) and you look beautiful. May I say that I find your bangs too long – you look like you are peering out from under them – or perhaps too heavy – in any case, I think experimenting with them might lighten up the look.

    Otherwise, perfecto.

    • 3rd June 2014 / 11:17

      Agree been very busy. Due for haircut next week.

  9. Second Lives Club
    17th June 2014 / 15:22

    I have a tribal skirt, the material actually printed in Africa. A lovely woman from Nigeria came up to me and said I was wearing “her people’s clothes”! You look great in polka dots. Are you wearing sneakers with that? Love it.

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