I am a big fan of prints but not everyone shares my love for patterns of color. The boldness of a print can sometimes make one feel conspicuous. Like red lipstick can draw attention to your face, prints can draw attention to you when you would rather be subtle. If you are adamant about your adversity to wearing a garden of peonies on your body then don’t let anyone talk you into wearing said peonies in the way of a dress or top. The bottom line when it comes to shopping is this, no matter what your girlfriend or salesperson tells you about trying something new, if you are not comfortable in a new look chances are you will either not wear it or feel lousy when you do. However, if you want to take the plunge I have some suggestions:
Be open—try on a few different prints, you just might surprise yourself. Start with patterns that are rich in your favorite colors. One of the myths of wearing prints is that they make you look larger. The truth is the right print on you can actually make you look smaller.
If you like a monochromatic look, change out the black top that matches the black pants and black jacket. A colorful printed top does for an outfit what a statement necklace does for a LBD (little black dress). Blurred or abstract prints are easier to wear then prints with hard lines and big florals.
Two different prints in the same outfit can be tricky but done right the look can be stunning. Make sure the two prints share the same color pallet.
The point is to be open to change and then change will happen.