From stripes and animal to this season’s Hawaiian-inspired tropical motifs, print is firmly on the fashion agenda. But, away from the beach, how can you style bold pattern for day-to-day wear? Whether you’re pepping up tailoring or donning it top to toe, we’ve rounded up the best ways to wear print right now.
Team with tailoring
Start with a pant suit – you’ll find one in every editor’s closet, and Acne Studios excels at workday-inspired separates that deliver offbeat chic. Then, add the twist: Gucci’s vibrant design is sartorial sunshine, and its bold print and riot of color put a fresh spin on tailoring’s clean lines and neutral palette. Opt for the half tuck – where only one side of the shirt is tucked in at the waist – then add kitten heels to elevate the ensemble; something simple but impactful, such as The Attico’s hot pink mules, are the perfect choice.
Clash bold prints
Pick motifs and colors that complement one another. For instance, Valentino’s sleek ‘Mini Bandana’ silk shirt (featuring a ’70s-inspired orange-and-yellow design) perfectly partners Faithfull The Brand’s monochrome floral pants – and their wide-leg cut and cheery ‘Behati’ pattern will prove a bold addition to your wanderlust closet. Finish with subtle accessories – The Row’s slick sandals look great with breezy silhouettes, while Brooke Gregon’s romantic ‘Infinity’ pendant is the ideal finishing touch.
Don with denim
If you’re dipping your toe into the print arena, pairing pattern with denim is a smart approach, and Victoria Beckham’s high-rise, wide-leg designs are true closet staples. Wear them with a short-sleeved shirt in a punchy print, a look that has gained serious style traction in recent months. 3.1 Phillip Lim’s luxe painterly style will elevate your off-duty look. But be sure to keep accessories monochrome: we love Savette’s pared-back creations, while Saint Laurent’s sunglasses boast classic style (and UV protection) that will endure for years to come.
Wear top to toe
The easiest way to do top-to-toe print is via co-ords, which also happen to be a key trend this season. Look to Zimmermann’s exclusive NET SUSTAIN capsule collection for striking pieces crafted in BCI-certified cotton. The voluminous-cut top and full skirt of the brand’s pink-and-red striped duo are perfect for warm-weather occasions – you can tie a bow at the neck or leave it open, depending on the event. Add Berlin-based Aeyde’s ’70s-inspired clogs to give the look a vintage mood, then carry Chloé’s beautiful basket bag, complete with monogrammed straps.
Dial it up after dark
Beyond golden hour, contrasting prints pop, so choose something bold and monochrome, such as Et Ochs’ long-sleeved zebra-print dress. Its high-impact motif speaks for itself, so choose simple accessories that complement this standout style. With a decidedly ’90s appeal, Balenciaga’s ‘Lindsay’ shoulder bag is a smart pick. And, for footwear, think cool black Alexander McQueen mules. A touch of sparkle is always welcome after dark, so a diamond-and-white-gold bracelet by Shay offers the perfect finishing touch.
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