A Casual Way to Wear a Paisley Print Dress
Pairing Denim with a Paisley Print
There is something that I love about pairing casual and dressy pieces. The two contrasting styles create a stylish balance that make for a very interesting outfit.
In this outfit the focus is on two pieces: the distressed denim jacket and the purple paisley print dress. These two pieces combined create a gorgeous combination. Let’s break down the look and see why these two pieces work so well together.
When mixing two different styles keep in mind that they need to be connected in some way. The connection could be in color, fabric, shape or fit.
For example, in this outfit I went with a dark wash denim jacket. I wanted to keep the color palette of the outfit on the darker side. I also didn’t want to distract too much from the paisley print. If I would have paired this dress with an acid wash white and sky blue denim jacket the effect wouldn’t have quite been the same.
Second, is fit. This is a fitted cropped denim jacket. The hem of the jacket ends at the slimmest part of my waist. Therefore the jacket compliments my figure and the shape of the dress. I button up the last two buttons to further cinch in the waist. I didn’t button it up all the way because I still wanted to have the paisley print to show on the top half of the outfit.
The few details in the jacket I was mindful of was the sleeves and the collar. I rolled up the jacket sleeves because I didn’t want to look stuffy. I then raised the collar for an extra touch of attitude.
The paisley print dress was paired with embellished pumps in a similar color. I wanted the eye to move fluidly from top to bottom without being jolted by the addition of another color. This cohesive fall color scheme plays well for the season.
Just in case you were wondering the dress has short sleeves with a high neckline. This paisley print is a stand out and you’re sure to see this dress again this year.
Fun Paisley Print Fact
Did you know that the paisley print was named after the Scottish town of Paisley. Paisley is the main location where this print is designed and manufactured.
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- Paisley Print Dress gifted by Donna Morgan
- Denim Jacket gifted from YMI Jeans
- Embellished pumps from Kate Spade