April 9, 2018
5 Fresh Prints to Wear Now

As the immortal Miranda Priestly quipped in “The Devil Wears Prada”: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Miranda would be tickled by this season’s reigning prints, for there’s nary a rose or poppy in sight. Instead, stores are exploding with a bounty of colors, patterns and fancies, each one a salve for our differing sartorial itches. The young at heart will appreciate the tie-dye, while the ladylike among us will flip for the polka dots. The truly adventurous will pile them all on at the same time. Here, a guide to the season’s top prints.

Summer update on Plaid

Plaid so dominated the fall and winter runways that it may not surprise you that designers weren’t quite ready to let it go. But if the winter plaids were all grays, navies and burgundies, summer plaids, particularly this season, are an explosion of pinks, blues and yellows.

Zucca cotton-cupro blend patchwork dress, $710 at La Garçonne,; Rosie Assoulin viscose trousers, $995 at Kirna Zabête,; J. Crew mid-heel gingham mules, $138 at J. Crew,

Tie-dye for adults

Forget the association with Phish-heads and puka shell necklaces. Tie-dye has shed its granola rep to become a bona fide fashion staple. In low-key monochrome shades, as well as colorful knits, the free-spirited style now has adult appeal.

Amiri cotton hoodie, $875 at; Proenza Schouler cotton T-shirt, $290 at Proenza Schouler,


A new cat reigns

Leopards have gotten all the attention, at least when it comes to fashion. Well, no more. This season, the most covetable animal print is the tiger stripe. It’s got a Flintstone-chic feel that fits in perfectly with the quirkiness that has dominated collections of late. But don’t toss your leopard just yet. Mixing them is the freshest way to wear both.

Baja East cashmere hoodie, $2,495 at; Prada bow-embellished mules, $790 at Barneys New York,

Polka dots, revisited

Polka dots are back, but this season’s iteration is less about putting a new twist on the old standby than it is about embracing old tropes. The cheerful print is spotted (forgive us) in all the expected places, including flamenco-inspired tops and demure kitten heels.

Attico georgette top, $992 at; Club Monaco viscose skirt, $168 at Club Monaco,; Balenciaga kitten heels, $1,026 at

Embracing the full spectrum

Why limit yourself to one color? Embrace the full spectrum. Unlike the other patterns here, rainbow stripes work best alone. Wear sparingly, keeping the rest of your look neutral. Solo artists want the spotlight all to themselves.

Original article can be found here.

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