Styling prints can be hard. In fact, just finding a print that you really like can be a challenge. So many of my personal styling clients have said this to me at one point or another, so I thought I would show you how I style my printed pants.

The trick to prints is to keep things simple. Everyone needs to have the basics in their closet to rely on for the moment you find an amazing pair of pants or a skirt. The basics you need are: 

  • White, gray and black v-neck t-shirts
  • White, gray and black scoop-neck t-shirts
  • Chambray, white, gray and black button down shirt
  • Black, gray and denim jackets/blazers/cardigan
  • Black and dark denim jeans
  • Black pencil skirt
  • Black simple dress

If you have these things you really can't go wrong when styling your printed skirts or pants. Here's what it looks like to simply add a denim jacket over your t-shirt.

It totally changes the look and feel of the outfit doesn't it? In Arizona it's hard for me to justify wearing a jacket now that the temps have climbed to the 90's, but I sure love how classic they are. This one is from Goldies and is only $52. 

Here is what it looks like to opt for a chambray shirt. It's just as simple as a t-shirt, but the collar adds a little more sophistication. 

Get the whole look here: Gray t-shirt, patterned pants, denim jacket, gold necklace and chambray shirt.

Photos by Rennai Hoefer

The T

What is more comfortable and easier to throw on that a plain t-shirt? NOTHING. Soft, sweet cotton that goes with everything...BUT the last word you would use to describe this apparel comfort is "STYLISH." I mean, I'll be honest, I actually only own one plain t-shirt, and I probably own only 10 t-shirts total. I suppose I'm more quick to pick a silk blouse or cotton oxford because I feel like it's more stylish, but the truth is I'm wrong.

Now that cotton has become the only fabric that my body wants to wear in 100+ degree weather and 8 months pregnant, I am quickly rethinking my process. AND, after seeing these examples of a t-shirt well styled, I'm excited to stock up on some solid basics!

Part 3: Let's Dance - Photo Reveal

It always feels like Christmas when I get to reveal a new photo shoot to you guys. haha.

I'm SUPER excited to share the photos of Let's Dance - a fashion collaboration between AVE Styles, Jeanette LeBlanc Photography, Kim Cornwell of Triple Threat Studios, model Jennifer Zahorski and clothing provided by The Willows.

This photo shoot was inspired by the simple beauty that dancers embody. With poise, emotion and posture even the simplest clothes and hair can be chic. Check out my past post showing some fashion inspiration behind the shoot.

We decided that Tempe Center for the Arts was the perfect place to photograph because it's an iconic piece of architecture, the walls are simple concrete and, of course, the space is used to celebrate the arts.

We definitely wanted our model, Jennifer, to have her hair up in a bun. Dance and hair bun are synonymous in my mind. haha. However, we decided to showcase two different types of buns - one on top of her head and a low messy bun that was actually made of three small ones. Kim Cornwell definitely out did herself, no?

Jennifer and I collaborated on the makeup. I really wanted smokey eyes to bring in a high fashion element and counter balance the simplicity of everything. So, we went with black eye shadow and pale lips also staying consistent with the monochromatic color scheme.

Jennifer Zahorski, our model, is a long time friend of mine. She was a professional model for a couple of years, and now works alongside the owner of The Willows boutique as a buyer for the store's clothing. You guys HAVE GOT to go in this place! The home decor is gorgeous, they sell the BEST scented candles I've ever encountered, and, of course, their selection of casual basics is awesome.

This bring me to the clothing...The Willows offers closet staples of white and black tank tops, sweaters, skinny jeans and leggings. Really simple, but necessary for every one to have because you can EASILY build off of these basics with color and accessories. AND sometimes it's okay to just wear a white tank with black skinny jeans and call it a day. With confidence and poise it doesn't matter if you're dressed head to toe in the latest print.

To tie everything together, Jeanette and Mary of Jeanette Leblanc Photography did a wonderful job directing poses, capturing the fashion and creating truly artist images that I'm so happy to have forever.

I hope you guys love it as much I do. Fire away any questions that you may have about the shoot, and DEFINITELY check out my creative partners' websites!