Mastering the Printed Frock

Santa Barbara
June 30, 2016

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2015 was the year of the patterned frock and it’s showing zero signs of slowing down. With warm weather season in full swing, it’s no surprise that these vibrant, printed numbers are still summer’s hottest trend. Although there are tons of designers who have mastered the art of the classic print, kate spade new york really hits this one out of the park. Juxtaposing retro prints and classic silhouettes, kate spade has found a way to reinvent the classic summer sundress time and time again while still keeping it both current and relevant. From wild and fierce to refined and lady like, patterns are the perfect way to amp up your warm weather wardrobe and keep your style feeling bold and vibrant. There are so many different shapes and styles to choose from – different hemlines, necklines, and materials – and with the help of kate spade and her masterful summer collection, I’m sharing a couple of my favorite rules when it comes to rocking the iconic printed dress for summer! Read on for my go to guide for styling patterns:

Rule #1: Don’t wear it from top to toe
When you commit to a patterned dress, that’s a statement in and of itself! Opt for a variety of neutral accessories that will help to ground your outfit. Think perfectly-rounded nude heels or a solid color handbag that brings out the dress’ vibrant hues. If you’re feeling super bold and you want to double up on prints, make sure they’re in the same color family for a fresh take on the mix and match.

Rule #2: Tone it Down
A printed dress is both festive and chic all on its own. You can transition any look from desk to dinner on with a simple blazer or structured jacket. Downplaying the pattern allows you to get more use out of your frock instead of having to banish it to the back of your closet until next wedding season for fear of being a repeat outfit offender.

Rule #3: Opt for form-fitting prints
There’s nothing more beautiful than a perfect print and a billowy fabric; However, sometimes dresses that are too flowy don’t flatter your figure. Opt for dresses that hugs your curves in all of the right places so you don’t get lost in a sea of fabric. Something as simple as a cinched waist, like this dress or a pencil style base will do the trick! Also, don’t forget that small prints flatter while large prints drown or overwhelm the body. Keep this in mind while you’re shopping for these summery silhouettes.

It’s no surprise that the printed frock is here to stay. It’s proved to be a fashion staple for every closet and is one of the most accessible fashion items out there. They’re easy to find and vital for your summer party circuit. With the help of kate spade new york and her incredible creations, I’ve fallen in love with these vibrant prints all over again!

Photos by Fred Cipoletti.

Thank you kate spade new york for sponsoring this post.

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Dearest Jenny,

I visit your site almost every morning to get inspiration for my daily outfit. It’s so nice to have a trustworthy source to look to for up-to-date and classic styles. My favorite thing about your fashion posts has to be your accessory game. I cannot pick out accessories to save my life, but I’m starting to get an idea of how to accessorize fashionably, thanks to you!


I love this dress! You wear a print so well! 🙂
x Tali

Thank you, you’re too sweet!


I love that dress, it;s so dreamy. Great images by the way!

Thank you so much! We loved photographing in Santa Barbara too!


Such a cute dress and silhouette – love the print and how you styled the piece! I love Kate Spade everything! Regardless of the clothes you’re wearing, you are always a perfect example of elegance and classy… Simply stunning! xx

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Thank you Sabina!

That means the world to me. I love kate spade too – so elegant, chic, and fun!


Lovely dress! It looks so beautiful on you! =)

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Thank you so much Alyssa!

You’re too sweet!


I love printed dresses!! So happy to hear you agree that they are here to stay 🙂 thanks for sharing these stunning photos – you look absolutely beautiful!

xx, Amy

Absolutely! I’m a big fan of the feminine, bold printed dress! Perfect all year round!


I adore your bag in this post! So feminine and so classic!

-Maggie http://www.thatgirlmags.com

Thank you so much! The detailing on the trim of the bag is to die for!


Thank you so much Monika!


Thanks girl,

so appreciative for all your love and support!


Love the color and pattern of the dress! The scallop detail on the tote is gorgeous as well 🙂


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How lovely … Such a festive look for Summer. Just a parfait touch from head to toe. An effortless look! Simply fabulous! 🙂

La Bijoux Bella | by mia

You look so cute ! I love the pattern of that dress, just gorgeous !


Great guide for styling patterns. I agree. And as usual, you look great 🙂


Such a perfect hue on you – and I’m loving the detailed trip of that tote! Have an amazing holiday weekend, lady!

Sorry – typo – I meant “trim” of the tote! LOL!

I know, right? The perfect blend if the iconic DVF silhouette with a classic kate spade print!


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