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Date: 7/26/12 9:40 AM

See the print fabrics on these blouses? eta: I love them!
Ann Taylor blouses

Please make and sell smaller scale prints in tasteful color combinations (like these).

Or help me understand how the booming big bright prints can work on my middle age body!

That is all.
-- Edited on 7/26/12 12:44 PM --

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Date: 7/26/12 9:42 AM

and while we're talking Ann Taylor -

I'd love to make this!
Cascading Ruffle Top

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Date: 7/26/12 12:36 PM

Most of what I'm seeing on that page is solids. I see one loudish print in green/pink. The big stripe is actually fairly figure flattering. the prints seem to be on a smallish scale..so i don't quite get your complaint about the AT blouses.

But regardless of what is on that page...large prints tend to work for larger bodies. The drama of a big print can often distract from the less than perfect body inside the garment. Most of these blouses are going o work blouses...a shot of color or print peeking from a sweater front or jacket front can provide a nice vertical ( slimming) line.

I have been seeing lots of women of size wearing really bright prints for the past couple of summers. I see it conveying joy with one's self..and sending a shout out to the world...not a bad thing to do.

I'm not in love with that pink /green print...but i could see the black/white blouses working well with an otherwise boring skirt and sweater.

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Date: 7/26/12 12:43 PM

Sarah - I wasn't complaining about the AT small scale prints; I was asking for some!!

Maybe I just don't know how to wear large scale prints. Or is it a grandmother thing?

The prints on EOS are ones that I'm drawn to until I open the link and see the fabric in scale. Then I'm just slowly backing away (often shuddering). I want to find some great fabric for tops but I'm not seeing it.

Again - it's probably something wrong with me. I have a loud print top DH encouraged me to buy and the only time it looks right to me is when it's topped with a denim jacket.

Your comments are thought provoking and helpful; I'm glad you took the time to write them out and post them.

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Date: 7/26/12 12:54 PM

Mary, try to go with it for at least one garment: the big prints really are fun. Whip up a light, unstructured "Statement Coat" in
a woven print for fall and strut it out with black pants! Like this Stella McCartney:


Shoulders back! Head high! Big chunky costume gold necklace! It's all in the 'tude! YOU WILL KNOCK THEM OUT!

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Date: 7/26/12 6:19 PM

Jada, I think that floral swing coat is unspeakably FABULOUS!!!

And I totally agree--the bigger prints are all about confidence. But it also helps if the silhouette of the garment is something you're comfortable with (frex, I love that swing coat, but *I* would feel more comfortable in a shorter, more fitted jacket), and you know it fits you very, very well. And I think those last two points help bring about the confidence! See how that works?! :D

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Date: 7/26/12 6:21 PM

One of my older sisters is in love with little foulard prints. They tend to age her. ( she's been wearing them since she was in her 20's )

I think that as we age it is easy to make ourselves invisible, little prints can help with that "i'm not really taking up any space" look. One does not have to look like a hoochie mama to look be un ivisible when you are no longer a cute young thing.

I am friends with some women who are in their 70's 80's and 90's. the ones who look best are the ones who are not trying to blend into the woodwork.

I made a dress in the spring for my frined who is in her 70's. yes she is far from being model sized. I made her a wrap front knit dress in a wild purple border print. She gets compliments whenever she wears the dress ...I think mostly because the dress expresses her vibrant self.

last summer I went to a very fancy party on the Upper east Side of manhattan. one of the guests was in her 80's and looked amazing,. she wore a black knit tent dress that was inset with a row of huge circles just above the hem in red, blue orange and yellow.

( Anne Curry has worn dresses by the same designer) but this older woman looked amazing...refined, elegant and also---fun smart and interesting...much better than a quiet little print. Another guest and I went over to talk to the chic lady to compliment her on her dress and to find out more about it...She wore the dress because it was comfortable and suited her body temperature...She didn't look clownish...but really elegant...

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Date: 7/26/12 8:23 PM

I get what you're saying ...

I had my colors done by an image consultant in the 80's and she told me my style was "Town and Country". I'm definitely not a dramatic and there were a few other styles - like one called gamin or pixie that I know I'm not. Another was classic and that's what I thought I was. Looking back, I see what she was saying. I'm kind of messy and wind blown and casual.

I just can't see myself wearing those big, wild prints.

I think shopping on line makes it harder. In a real life store, you can hold a bolt of fabric over your body, step back and see how the fabric reads.

Maybe I should go for more color, solid fabric and just look for great lines in garments learning which ones flatter.

That coat was gorgeous (in a previous post) but it would add at least 20 pounds to my frame.

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Date: 7/26/12 8:46 PM

Never mind.


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Date: 7/26/12 8:52 PM

Going back to the OP .... it was a plea for some tamer prints like the ones pictured on the AT blouses I linked.

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