Graphic Design

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you. Without a strong rhyme to step to…”

-Eric B. & Rakim, Hip Hop Legends

I’ll pause for a moment while my friends laugh at me for quoting hip hop. (Not something I typically do)………. So it has been a couple of weeks. Did you miss me?? (That was rhetorical if you didn’t) Hopefully by now you are settling into 2013 and your resolutions goals are well on their way to achievement. For most of us I am positive that weight loss is at the top of our goal lists. Several of my friends and I are using MyFitnessPal to track our progress and encourage/hold each other accountable along the way. I’m enjoying my new-found energy as well as the transformation of my body. I’m sure some of you are experiencing the same metamorphosis and as it continues you’ll want to accentuate your achievement while masking your work in progress. A way to do this is through one of the hottest trends… graphic prints. I love this trend as it helps us master the art of illusion by creating balance to the body. Let’s look at how you can make these trends work for you.

  • Have you climbed the stairway master to heaven or run like there’s no tomorrow? Show off those fabulous legs in a mini dress. For those of you with narrow hips and a full bust, pair a printed pant with a simple top or blouse to add volume and focus to your lower half. 
Diane von Furstenberg 'Reina' Silk Shift Dress - nordstrom.com; Floral Pant - hm.com; Diane von Furstenberg 'Leanna' Silk Shirtdress - nordstrom.com

Diane von Furstenberg ‘Reina’ Silk Shift Dress – nordstrom.com; Floral Pant – hm.com; Diane von Furstenberg ‘Leanna’ Silk Shirtdress – nordstrom.com

  • Have those bicep curls and tricep pull downs given you those Michelle Obama arms you requested for Christmas? Bring focus to them while slimming down the rest of your figure in a sleeveless frock.
Trina Turk 'Spiegler' Woven Shift Dress - nordstrom.com; Chevron stripe ponte peplum top - bananarepublic.gap.com; Milly 'Isabelle' Cotton Fit & Flare Dress - nordstrom.com

Trina Turk ‘Spiegler’ Woven Shift Dress – nordstrom.com; Chevron Stripe Ponte Peplum Top – bananarepublic.gap.com; Milly ‘Isabelle’ Cotton Fit & Flare Dress – nordstrom.com

  • Have you wound your way to a smaller waist in Zumba class? Use graphic prints and details to accentuate your progress. This also works for straight body types that want to create the illusion of curves.
Maggy London Scatter Print Ponte Sheath Dress - nordstrom.com; 3/4 length sleeve matte jersey dress with mirror tile print - cache.com; Lauren Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Matte Jersey Dress - nordstrom.com

Maggy London Scatter Print Ponte Sheath Dress – nordstrom.com; Riviera Tile Print Sheath Dress  – cache.com; Lauren Ralph Lauren Polka Dot Matte Jersey Dress – nordstrom.com

Have fun with prints. Be as crazy or conservative as you please. Just remember to follow your body type and wear what looks BEST on YOU.

For more great looks using prints, visit my Graphic Prints board on Pinterest.

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