3 Ways to Rock Blue & White Prints

I love blue and white in the summer. It conjures the ocean and sand, even when you’re in the office. This season, the dynamic duo pops up in pretty throwback patterns like florals, mosaic tile and porcelain print as a counterpoint to the usual navy and white stripe. Since prints can be tricky, here’s how to wear this feminine trend without looking like you popped out of Granny’s china cabinet.

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How Blue are You?

If you want to get noticed, look for bright, clear colors like cobalt and aqua that pop against white, especially in geometric prints like a mosaic tile. If you’re headed to work or your sister’s bridal shower, where you don’t want to be the star of the show, you might be better off with a more subdued hue, like navy, teal, or washed-out ones like sky blue and periwinkle, in a floral pattern. Banquet Speech Sophistication Dress, $65; modcloth.com

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Suit Your Shape

When it comes to wearing any all-over print, the key is to pick a design that flatters your body type. Wear a small-scale print if you’re petite, so you don’t look like you’re swimming in it, or a larger-scale one if you’re plus-size so the print doesn’t look too ditzy. When choosing separates, put the blue and white print on the part of your body you want to highlight and a solid-color garment on the one you want to downplay. Sleeveless Top, $19; hm.com.

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Add Contrast with Accessories

A nude shoe with a blue and white print dress is a safe, classic option—but if you want to get a little wild, basically any color on the opposite side of the color wheel will look good against blue. So go with fuchsia, coral, orange or canary yellow when it comes to shoes, a belt or a bag. You can also try mixing prints by choosing an accessory that uses blue in a contrasting scale and design (say, a bag with a skinny stripe with a large-scale floral dress). Printed Fit & Flare Dress, $100; thelimited.com

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