See you can look cool in crazy prints
Bold pattern sheath with own opera length pink pearl necklace, Hermes collier de chien lather bangle, Hermes collier de chien cuff, statement belt, Celine bag, Ray Ban sunglasses, and Salvadore Ferragamo pumps

A dress with a trendy new print is a great way to update your wardrobe

Trendy cool, crazy, weird – you name it – print dresses are a great way to update your wardrobe. Since you never know how long the trend will last, it shouldn’t be expensive, but have a classic cut. Alternatively, you go for an It designer. When I saw this sheath dress online at Shein I ordered it immediately as it fits my bill: Classic posh cut plus an It print. This post illustrates how versatile you can style crazy or unusual prints by means of three dresses.

Contents
  1. A dress with a trendy new print is a great way to update your wardrobe
  2. Unexpected prints make a sleek dress a statement
  3. How to style a Victoria Beckham cat dress
  4. Unusual prints are as versatile to style as other prints
    • Printed sheath dress outfit ideas
    • Cat dress outfit ideas
  5. Conclusion: No reason to fear an unusual print
  6. Top of the World Style linkup No 150

 

mature woman rocking the crazy print trend in a business casual dress with T-shirt layered underneath

over 50 years old fashion blogger in a cool crazy print sheath work outfit worn with T-shirt
Cool print sheath c/o Zaful, own long-sleeve T-shirt, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Ivanka Trunk, ankle strap pumps, and Hermes collier de chien leather band

Unexpected prints make a sleek dress a statement

I love Victoria Beckham’s sleek designs. A couple of years ago, I splurged on this silk fall dress. You have seen it on the blog in various outfits, for instance, worn as a shirt, I love the cut, color combination, and the print. Dresses on a dress. How genius, or should I say genia (The female form, I had to take Latin for 5 years!) is this idea? Not the usual floral print, polka dots, squares, triangles, but dresses!

stylist in a posh Victoria Victoria Beckham dress

outfit details of lace skirt and belt
Outfit details: Victoria Victoria Beckham dress, Hermes belt, Calvin Klein nude pumps, and DIY lace underskirt (all own)

I love her designs, but I would like a bit more fabric towards the “south”, i.e. a bit more leg coverage. Thus, I recently sew this lace underskirt to wear under this (and other dresses). It’s basically a recycled half slip. I sew on two rows of lace so I could wear it as an underskirt and elongate dresses that don’t have my favorite length. I love my hems to be just above the knee. Thus, sort of my sweet point for length.

How to style a Victoria Beckham cat dress

The next photo shows a dress designed by It designer Victoria Beckham. When I saw a photo of Victoria Beckham wearing this sleek cat dress in a magazine, I had to have it. I love the salmon color and cute cat print of this beauty. Well, I love cats. When one looks from far, the print looks quite interesting. You have to come close to realize that the print are white and red cats. I also liked the sort of late 1920s cut with the drop waist and the interesting sleeves.

This dress is quite girly, which is not my usual style. Moreover, I’m about a decade older than her. Thus, to style the dress along my personal preferences, I added studded pumps to give the look an edge. I also added a white silk scarf and wear it the Indian way, i.e. hanging down in the back for interest. I pinned the scarf to the dress so the scarf does not slip away or gets blown away by some wind gusts. For more tips on styling with scarves see the post at the link.

midlife stylist in Victoria Victoria Beckham pleated cat dress

over 50 years old blogger in Victoria Beckham pleated dress with cat print
Outfit details: Salmon-pink Victoria Beckham drop waist pleated skirt cat print dress, unbranded black studded patent leather heels, Garnet necklace and earrings, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Esprit shoulder bag and oblong DIY white silk scarf pinned to the dress (all own)

 

Unusual prints are as versatile to style as other prints

Printed sheath dress outfit ideas

There is something cool and practical about sheath dresses. They are very versatile. You can make multiple outfits with a sheath that look completely different. Plus depending on the material, they work in three seasons.

Sheath dresses are so versatile as dress, skirt, top, with cardigan, a layering top or shirt underneath. #budgetfashion Click To Tweet

Alaskan fashion blogger walking in print work attire for summer

midlife style blogger looking posh chic in bold pattern summer business casual
Outfit details: Robe c/o Zaful,  own Celine tote, Ray Ban sunglasses, pearls, Hermes collier de chien leather band, statement belt, unbranded pantyhose and Salvatore Ferragamo pumps

 

The many different colors of the print make it easy to wear the dress in different ways. A sheath with a turtleneck underneath is an instant work outfit for the cold season and rescue last minute dressing problems.

I wore the attire to work this week in different ways. See these unique looks. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t wear the same piece one day after the other and not more than twice a week. However, I was so excited about creating new outfits. And anyway,

Who said you can't wear a piece two days in a row in different outfits? #breakoldfashionrules Click To Tweet
over 50 years old style book author in sheath and cardigan with red bag in the foreground
Sheath c/o Zaful, own Isaac Mizrahi cardigan, opera pink pearl necklace, statement belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle and leather band, Salvatore Ferragamo pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses and Celine tote

 

A trendy sheath dress is a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. #styletip Click To Tweet

Cat dress outfit ideas

The next photos show the cat dress styled for a cool summer day, summer evening or air conditioned office. Just pick a color of the print like here black. Red and white would work too.

details of Victoria Victoria Beckham cat dress

stylist in cat dress with cardigan
Outfit details: Victoria Victoria Beckham silk print cat dress, Isaac Mizrahi cardigan, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, unbranded studded flats, Bulova watch, brooch from my late Grandma Hannah and Esprit bag (all own)

When you like any of the outfits, please feel free to pin them to your Pinterest board.

Conclusion: No reason to fear an unusual print

When you love a print and are in the market for the piece it is printed on, go for it when the cut is classic. Crazy prints are as easy to style as colorful geometric or floral print

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Top of the World Style linkup No 150

Welcome to the 150th Top of the World Style linkup party. First I want to thank you for linking up in the past and being here to help me celebrate.

Let me introduce you to the featured bloggers from last week’s Top of the World Style party.

You clicked Penny’s post the most, which means she became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Penny is the 71 years old fashion blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper. She lives in Brighton, East Sussex and showed her great cruise wardrobe that she got for little money mainly because she buys from charity shops. It’s amazing that one can find such great pieces like her awesome cocktail dress in these stores. Try it out. You can’t only save money, get great outfits for a bargain, but also protect the environment by recycling. Don’t know how to shop in consignment stores? Check out the post at the link.

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav Penny
Penny, the 71 years old fashion blogger at Frugal Fashion Shopper became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

 

Nina the fashion and beauty blogger at Sharing a Journey caught my eye with her tweed Chanel jacket and the Chanel inspired toe cap shoes. She did such a great job resisting to go down the Coco lane. Instead she paired these classic French pieces with an old time American favorite – the blue jeans. These three classics make such a modern posh chic look! Nina became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. There is just something cool about blending items that seem not to go together like a western cut with eastern print or the so French tweed jacket with the so American “Is in every closet” jeans.

Nina of Sharing a Journey as Top of the World OOTD my fav
Nina the fashion and beauty blogger at Sharing a Journey became Top of the World OOTD my fav. Photo from her post

 

Osy the beauty, style, and lifestyle blogger at Style Diary by Osy won the Top of the World Style Winner title. She looks awesome in this statement color. This month is her birthday. Thus, happy birthday.

Top of the World Style Winner Osy
Osy the beauty, style, and lifestyle blogger at Style Diary by Osy became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

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