There are dimensions to print and pattern than need to be understood to make flattering choices when choosing garments.
Sparse vs Dense
Sparse prints have space (also called negative space) between the print. The negative space can allow the eye to rest between the print, and draws attention to that part of the body. Sparse prints tend to be less flattering to more curvalicious bodies, than dense prints, with low negative space, which confuse the eye and don’t let it rest on an particular piece of print.
A repeating pattern is one where each piece is the same, and spaced evenly over the garment, it will create focal points. A non-repeating pattern is more distracting to the eye.
The difference in light and dark colours in a print can make a print look smaller or larger. A low contrast print is more restful and doesn’t draw attention to itself as compared to a high contrast print. A medium pattern appears larger and more obvious, the higher the contrast. It will also appear smaller and less obvious when in a lower contrast.
These are a few elements of prints that are worth considering when choosing a garment.