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A Big Deal about Big Prints? | Manolo for the Big Girl

A Big Deal about Big Prints?

In my last post I talked about big florals being embiggening, and they are, but what if you just luh-huv big florals? Can you still wear them?

Of course you can.

You won’t look your sveltest, true, but if that’s not a big deal to you –and no one says it has to be– go forth and wear that floral frock you love, and if it doesn’t work? Well, there are worse things in life than looking stupid.
I’ll be honest, I have no great affection for prints. The best I can usually say about them is that they are helpful in confusing your enemy.  In fact today I’m wearing a new Donna Reed-style shirtwaist with the very subtlest and most restrained of Swiss dots and I had to look good and hard in the mirror before I left the house because I juuuust wasnt sure I liked it.

My word of caution is, if you are planning on wearing big florals, be very very careful of proportion and balance.  If your big floral is a short dress, be sure to wear the highest heel you can comfortably (and tastefully) wear.  Keep accessories uncomplicated and few in number, but big in impact. This is no time for dainty earrings and whisper thin gold chains.

Pay extra attention to the color on your face.  Bold colors and prints can make even the most dramatically-hued of us look washed out so go for that extra bit of blush before you  step out the door.

4 Responses to “A Big Deal about Big Prints?”

  1. rosarita February 29, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    I just love the word *embiggening*. It’s perfect. My preferred way to wear big florals is in a scarf or weekend tote, fwiw.

  2. AmazonAngelle March 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    Big prints look pretty good on me if I do say so, it’s the tiny ones that look embiggening oddly enough. What’s up with that?

  3. Jennie March 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm #

    Amazon, are you built like me? Smaller boobs but large belly? When I wear small prints, I get asked “When are you due?” Larger prints and no one notices…

  4. La BellaDonna March 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    I would also add a caution about wearing a print that leaves you with two perfectly centered patterns – one on the left boob, one on the right.

    It’s never a good look.