Pretty in Prints: The DO’s and DON’Ts of Wearing Prints to Work

Posted December 14, 2012 by Baaba Grant-Acquah in Building Your Brand
In the corporate world, wearing prints to work can be a delicate dance. As a Career Girl, you want to dress professional and still show your sense of style. You may choose to stay away from prints all together, but I love the wonderful world of prints and enjoy wearing prints to work. I’m having fun incorporating different print combinations into my work outfits. Although I believe any Career Girl can wear print, there are some rules a Career Girl should adhere to when taking on the wonderful world of prints. Check out some Do’s and Don’ts of wearing prints to work.

1. Don’t do head-to-toe print, unless you are a certified mix master and the prints will fit into your company culture.

2. Do wear a print dress with a neutral or black shoe.

bold print dress

 3. Do wear print cardigans or sweaters with traditional work outfits.

4. Do wear a print blouse under a blazer.

5. Do wear print shoes with a neutral outfit.


6. Don’t be afraid to wear print.

Here are some additional Pretty in Print options. If you are new to the world of prints and want to test it out, try paring print pieces with black and if you are feeling bold, try a pop of color with your prints.  If you’ve already conquered the world of prints and want to take it to the next level, try mixing prints.  Experiment with mixing prints from the same color family and looking for patterns that compliment each other. What are your favorite prints: Jacquard, Chevron, Paisley, Houndstooth, Polka dots?

Pretty in Prints
H&M three quarter sleeve dress / Jacquard dress / Marc by Marc Jacobs dot dress / Jacquard dress / Ted Baker dress / AllSaints knit shirt / Alice + Olivia alice olivia / Armani Collezioni floral jacket/ J.Crew knee length pencil skirt / Jason Wu knee length pencil skirt/ J.Crew j crew / J.Crew pointy toe pumps / Reiss sports bag / Wooden bracelet

About the Author

Baaba Grant-Acquah

Baaba Grant-Acquah is a fashion stylist, blogger and corporate client manager. She is a curator of style and knows where to find the perfect pieces for any wardrobe. She is continually inspired by her clients and truly enjoys the process of providing creative solutions to fit her client's needs.