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Marissa Webb and the power of prints

DesignBrooke Ginnard, Gap Inc. bloggerComment

Polka dots or zebra print? Subtle stripes or bold plaid?

In this week's Ask A Stylist column from trendsetting fashion blog Who What Wear, Banana Republic Creative Director Marissa Webb — who also serves as Who What Wear's resident stylist for 2015 — talks using prints to express your individuality.

"Prints are very personal but can really enhance your wardrobe," Marissa writes in her weekly column. "Finding ones that fit your style personality isn't as hard as we often think!"

Prints have the power to create subtle texture or make a bold statement, depending on a pattern's size and color. Marissa encourages incorporating printed pieces into your wardrobe to enhance your favorite looks, and offers a few examples of her favorite items in stores — from Banana Republic and beyond — to do just that. Her suggestions cover classic patterns — polka dots, stripes, plaid, animal, floral — but also expand the traditional "print" definition to include a creative mix of bright colors.

If you're a solid-colors addict, or aren't quite ready to accept leopard print as a neutral, Marissa encourages you to take baby steps into the world of prints by playing with accessories. "They're the perfect place to be daring," Marissa tells her Ask A Stylist readers. "I think of them as the icing on the cake!"

Get personal style advice from Marissa through Who What Wear and the power of that fashionably blue — albeit unpatterned — little bird: Tweet questions on which you'd like the creative director's point of view by using the hashtag #WWWAskMarissa.

For a weekly dose of fashion inspiration, tune in to the Who What Wear blog every Sunday for Marissa's Ask A Stylist column. And get ready to rock the week ahead.