From ditsy florals to fierce animal print, tropical patterns to powerful polka dots, it’s no secret that the catwalks always go a little print crazy for the Spring/Summer season.
In fact, it’s almost like the fashion powerhouses can’t wait to toss out the dark hues and muted designs of Autumn/Winter and replace them with loud and colourful combinations that would make the cast of the Muppets jealous.
Whether you focus on one key pattern or create your very own clashing ensemble, one thing’s for sure: these 7 summer prints will help you stand out in style this season and beyond!
1. Sassy Serpent
Summer prints 101: all hail the sassy serpent. This summery style of snake print has recently been reimagined by top designers, such as Gucci, into statement pieces that captivate and dominate.
Feeling brave? Try a strappy serpent-style dress with barely-there heels, a metallic clutch and layered jewellery for a night out OUT with the girls.
Alternatively, tap into the current colour trend of neutrals and opt for a more understated grey serpent-style blouse with high-waisted mom jeans, chunky white trainers and a straw bag for every day.
Either way, you’re sure to sizzle! Sss.
2. Colourful Leopard
Typically a print reserved for Autumn/Winter, leopard print has been given a summery makeover the past few Spring/Summer seasons. This has been in the form of colourful tones and artistic graphics.
Planning a date night or meal out with the family? Pick a hero leopard print piece, like an orangey-red satin midi skirt. Then allow it to take centre stage by dressing down the rest of your outfit with a black long-sleeved top, heeled ankle boots and a crossbody bag.
On the other hand, if you’re simply running some errands, swap the black top for a plain white tee and add sandals and a grab-and-go bag. Did somebody say tres chic?
3. Pretty Polka Dots
Polka dots are always revisited during Spring/Summer. However, they’ve undertaken a bit of a sixties-inspired revamp in the last couple of seasons.
For instance, black and white graphic prints reigned supreme on catwalks such as Caroline Herrera. Whereas, designers such as Jacquemus favoured subdued neutral options.
If you want to turn heads, rock a black and white polka dot jumpsuit with wedges and a fun clutch bag for date night or drinks with the girls.
Prefer the minimalist look? Try a plain tee and culottes combo featuring small-sized polka dots with a neutral background, like black, white, beige or navy blue. Add trainers and sunglasses for laid-back summer cool.
4. Rainbow Stripes
A firm favourite amongst fashionistas, rainbow stripes are back with a vengeance for summer casualwear.
And do you know what? We couldn’t be happier about it. They have the power to make you smile even on a non-sunshiny day.
If you like the idea of popping against a clear blue sky, wear a multi-hued striped top with an adorable denim mini skirt or slim-leg jeans, a bucket bag and flats for a coffee date or lunch with family.
Super sweet yet super stylish, right?
5. Fun Tie-Dye
A newcomer on the summer prints scene, tie-dye is slowly but surely making a comeback.
Loud and zesty prints at Calvin Klein have been juxtaposed with dreamy pastel pieces at Stella McCartney to produce unique, colourful get-ups.
Heading to the seaside? Consider rocking a bright tie-dye t-shirt or maxi dress with sandals and an on-trend straw bag.
Having said that, if you want to create a more superior and sophisticated tie-dye look, try a pleated midi skirt in a low-key colour palette with a black roll-neck top and white boots.
Anyone else getting serious nineties vibes? We’re obsessed.
6. Fresh Gingham
Gingham is yet another classic print that rolls around every summer.
Give your wardrobe a sixties-inspired twist with some classic monochrome gingham pieces or mix it up with some stylish pastel variations.
Considering that we’re all rediscovering the joy of getting dressed and experimenting with different patterns and styles, there is no better time to give gingham a go.
Having lunch out with the girls? Try pairing gingham trousers with a basic black or white top and simple accessories for effortless daytime glam.
Alternatively, opt for full gingham with a tiered maxi dress or wide leg jumpsuit. Match with neutral trainers and a denim jacket for instant casual-chic vibes or give your outfit an edge by swapping the trainers for some chunky boots and your favourite biker jacket.
Either way, this look is a win-win.
7. Fabulous Florals
Finally, who doesn’t love a good floral print?
No, seriously. Florals are the original essential Spring/Summer print, and we’re totally on board with it.
The best thing about this beautiful pattern is how amazingly versatile it is. Florals come in all different shapes and sizes so you’re sure to find a version that works for you.
If you want an elegant upgrade to your casualwear, team a dark floral midi skirt with trainers or boots and a light knit.
Not quite ready to embrace full flower power? Dip your toe into the trend by pairing a cute flowery camisole with some mom jeans and strappy heels.
Sizzling Summer Prints for All
Whether you’re a pattern lover or not, there are many ways you can make summer prints work for you in the coming months.
If a primarily patterned outfit isn’t quite your style – not to worry. You can start small with a printed accessory, move to a key piece and then try a head-to-toe aesthetic.
Either way, have the confidence to experiment with summer prints from now on and you’re sure to shine.
What are your favourite summer prints? How do you wear them?
Katie Davies is the Yorkshire-based freelance writer who founded Trendy Tourist. Since 2017, she has written for over 100 companies on a range of subjects, from fashion to marketing. When she’s not producing content, you can find her shopping, exploring a new place or sitting somewhere having a cup of builder’s tea.