The 5 Prints You'll Wear Forever

If you’re ever stumped on what to wear, we suggest having these five timeless prints on hand to do the legwork. We’ve spotted all of these prints on style icons, notable runways, and fashion insiders alike, and are fairly certain you’ll find a place for all five in your wardrobe. Scroll through for a curated shopping roundup that will hopefully give your closet just the refresh it’s needed. Enjoy!

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    PHOTO: We The People

    Stripes
    ​If ever there were a print that could add instant polish to an outfit, it’s this one. From nautical to Parisian to mod, and more—no matter how you describe your personal style, stripes are completely relevant to your look.

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    Pixie Market Nautical Midi Skirt ($69)

    ​Oh yes, this will look just fantastic with our eyelet top.

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    Edith A. Miller Boyfriend Mini Dress ($170)

    ​Slip this over your swimsuit and you’re poolside ready.

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    Tibi Striped Silk Refined Tank ($198)

    ​We present: the perfect summer tank top.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Floral
    Floral is the instant outfit uplift and ultimate feminine go-to. You probably already have a few (if not many) floral-print pieces lying around, which is great, because it’s safe to say this fresh print will never go out of style.

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    Article& Wile Twist Front Dress ($72)

    ​A floral-print dress with a unique twist front detail will work well for all summer happenings.

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    Zara Maxiflower Printed Skirt ($80)

    ​Pair this skirt with a crop top and slip-on sandals.

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    Club Monaco Sarina Bomber Jacket ($239)

    ​We’re big proponents of the printed jacket.

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    Plaid
    ​Aside from its prep school implications, plaid is smart to always have on hand because it’s the perfect print to build your look around. It’s bold enough to style with solid separates, and enough of a statement to wear on its own. Sounds like the perfect closet catch, if you ask us.

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    By Malene Birger Costanza Checked Silk-Crepe Pencil Skirt ($350)

    ​We’d wear this swoon-inducing skirt with a silk t-shirt and ankle-strap heels.

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    Equipment Brett Shirt ($218)

    ​Style this shirt half-buttoned with a pale camisole and white jeans.

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    Steven Alan Hedda Glen Plaid Top ($114)

    ​A chambray shirt would look quite nice under this plaid top.

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    PHOTO: A l l e z - X a n d r a

    Polka Dot
    ​We’ll never get over polka dots, and why should we? They’re fun, feminine, and flirty all at once, and great for layering into your look. Whether it’s via a ruffled blouse for the office, or a full skirt for the weekend, we’re certain you’ll be glad to invest in this ladylike print.

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    Reformation Clinton Two-Piece Matching Set ($198)

    ​Be the envy of every BBQ-goer in this matching set.

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    Sophia Webster Lola Polka-Dot Leather Pumps ($400)

    ​Just imagine how cute these polka-dot print pumps would look with your leg kicked up.

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    Topshop Polka Dot Notch Shorts ($70)

    ​We can totally see Alexa Chung in these charming front slit shorts.

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    PHOTO: We The People

    ​Animal
    Animal-print is insanely versatile—perfect for plush coats, slinky dresses, ankle boots, and more, it looks good on just about everything and everyone. Even if you don’t consider yourself the sartorially adventurous type, a thin belt or simple button-down shirt can still look in context with your vibe.

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    Loeffler Randall Mini Agenda Bag ($425)

    We’ll take two!

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    Wren Leopard Shorts ($170)

    ​Update your weekend outfit with these bold and flirty shorts.

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    H&M Patterned Dress ($35)

    ​This dress would look smart with a fitted denim jacket and oxfords.

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