The Floral-Free Guide to Spring Prints
- BY: SARAH SWIFT
- Aug. 26, 2015
With the weather slowly but surely heating up as Winter draws to a close, you’re probably itching to reach for the brighter pieces in your wardrobe. And whether it’s because you’re feeling a little festive or simply starved from the lack of sunshine, you’ll likely be tempted to work a floral or two into the mix.
While this timeless pattern is certainly season-appropriate, it can also read as a little, well, predictable when you rely on it day after day. Below are some prints and patterns that are just as versatile as your go-to floral, but offer something a little more groundbreaking in the process.
Earn your stripes:
Instead of defaulting to your usual Breton striped top, opt for lines that are a little left of centre this season. A classic pinstripe, ticking or banker stripe will bring some masculine-inspired charm to your wardrobe while more abstract, artisanal strokes will soften any ensemble. The colour and composition possibilities are endless when explored through a stripe pattern, and the effect can be as subtle or as stand-out as you like. For added style points, incorporate stripes in unexpected or interesting ways - try striped socks peeking above your boots, billowing pinstriped culottes or a Beetlejuice-inspired blazer. These elevated stripes are just as versatile as the traditional Breton stripe, but pack way more punch.
Check it out:
There’s something sweet and nostalgic about a neat gingham check pattern. Whether it recalls your childhood smock dresses or picnics on balmy days, this classic motif is a charming alternative for Spring. Try a softer hue (think baby pinks and blues) for a more feminine take on this trend, or a bolder palette (black, orange or bright red) to shake the style up. A gingham check shirt is the obvious choice, as it can be styled in a multitude of ways for both guys and girls. Rock the half-tuck, fold it neatly inside a full skirt, wear it open over a tee or tied loosely around the waist - no matter your personal style, this timeless pattern will play nicely with it. Promise.
Pretty in paisley:
Bring that 1970s-boho pieces you’ve been working all Winter into the sunshine. A pretty paisley motif exudes bohemian elegance, and brings a luxe gypsy-inspired vibe to any outfit. If you’re feeling bold, a large swirling paisley pattern on a romper or lace-up blouse is sure to turn heads. Afraid you’ll look too costumey? Downsize the pattern to a miniature version - a micro paisley merely looks like an abstract print from afar, and offers an exotic surprise on closer inspection. Thanks to the resurgence of the 1970s, you can find a paisley patterned piece in pretty much every store - you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.
Get crafty with your wardrobe by incorporating this abstract, painterly pattern. While this pattern might not be as ‘traditional’ as the others, it can be just as versatile when approached the right way. A paint splattered piece will provide a punchy centrepiece for an otherwise neutral outfit, or take the quieter route with a monotone scribble. As with most other patterns, these art-inspired designs can be explored on a sliding scale of boldness - if you’re feeling extra daring, try mixing these prints with others in your arsenal to create a truly mesmerising effect.