This summer, prints continue to take on a more maximalist form, which took off last year and continues to do so. Particularly, prints with a nod to nostalgia with lots of color and design are the focus of the season. For once, there’s no need to stress that fashion is a cycle and that the same prints continue to be on rotation; because these prints aren’t nearly as predictable as you might think. Now, it’s time to check them out.
If you’re like me, you’re still suppressing the chevron memories from your brain created in 2010. The sharp zig-zag type pattern is easily distinguishable, and it was extremely present during that decade. Thankfully, the chevron resurfacing today is softer and more abstract than the early 2010s version. Designers like Missoni and Valentino showcased contemporary chevron designs with softer patterns and rich, saturated tones that felt simultaneously nostalgic and fresh. Single striped chevron in a jersey tube top or a brightly colored swimsuit decorated with chevron in alternating directions is a fun and fresh take on a pretty divisive print. This time around, it’s a lot less intrusive.
Think vintage 60s prints for this trend consisting of swirly color blocking in fun summer shades and somewhat trippy designs. Swirls within one fabric potentially vary in size and shape. In some cases, they melt into each other in a marbled effect. Twirly, twisty swirls are both psychedelic and very flattering on the body, thanks to the slight illusion they play on the eyes.
Blurry prints come in one particular style: full of hazy color. It’s that simple! This print is a mixture between spray paint and water color joining together to create a unique, mosaic-style result. Blurred prints appear a bit abstract with a nod to the early 2000s.
Washed Out Tie Dye
We all likely added at least a few tie dye pieces to our wardrobe over the past few years, and you either love it or hate it by now. The trending tie dye for summer is a bit more faded and washed out in appearance and color, while still possessing richness and depth. This tie dye looks high-quality and feels much more natural. This time around, it’s being layered with other prints and graphics, which makes me excited to repurpose some pieces I already have, and trying my hand at adding tie dye to the mix for a little refresh.
A summer print trend report wouldn’t be complete without florals, and per usual, there are a couple of different floral print trends being spotted. Both retro and shadow print florals are popping up most frequently for me. Some florals are bold, while others look better suited for winter, with their heavily shadowed outline and more minimalist approach to floral prints. Florals mixed with other leafy motifs are mingling together for a tropical look, just a little different from what we’re used to seeing during the most prominent vacation time of the year.
With prints offering so much artistic flair and color, I can’t help getting excited to style outfits and see how they turn out. From updates to new print additions, there’s so much to gaze upon and experiment with.
Which print is your favorite? Leave a comment below.