There are some fabulous prints out there, but if you are on a strict budget it is essential to follow pattern restraint if you want to optimize the usability of your wardrobe.
Patterns stand out in our minds more than solid colors do, so if you are going to buy an item of clothing that you plan on wearing almost every day, or even once a week, do not buy it in a print. I wear my coats, jackets, and cardigans often so I buy all my outerwear in solid colors. For example, let’s say you are looking at two gorgeous trench coats. One is navy blue, and the other has a red and white polka-dot pattern. If you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you wear the same old coat every day, the navy blue would be a more practical choice.
If you have limited funds and polka dots are your favorite pattern in the world, buy an inexpensive scarf or shirt with polka dots. Prints are a great way to punctuate your wardrobe if worn sparingly and tastefully.
Another item I never want to buy in a print (If I can only buy one) is a purse. If I can only afford to buy one purse, it needs to be a solid that matches all of my creative outfits. The crazy purses can come after I have found all my essential pieces and have saved up enough.