The way we view it, paisley is the new floral print, and with so many new and notable ways to wear this psychedelic pattern, it's easy to see why fashion fandom is already ensuing. Available in fantastic color combos and emblazoned on everything from silky trousers to cool kicks to chic pencil skirts, a handful of heavyweight designers and stylish celebs are rendering this bohemian-inspired motif a modern must-have! Not only is this easy-to-wear print a fitting choice for the remaining summer months, it will also transition seamlessly into fall, which is why we think you should go crazy for paisley and snag the thoughtfully curated picks featured in today's Look We Love story!
On The Runway
Solidifying its position as the season's new must-have pattern, paisley was the premiere print on a plethora of spring runways--see Jil Sander, Matthew Williamson, Emilio Pucci, and Stella McCartney, to name a few--and stunned for fall as well (check out Carven and Issa for additional ideas). All of that said, at WWW, we're smitten with J.W. Anderson's current eye-catching rendition. The British designer's head-to-toe use of the swirling motif made for a wonderfully bold outcome, especially when a sleeveless top was paired with matching cropped pants. While either the top or trousers would certainly make a statement on their own, together this tailored combination offers an exciting and polished way to wear this look.
Off the runway, fashionable femmes have been quick to gravitate towards paisley too! While out in New York late last month, reader favorite Miranda Kerr incorporated the print du jour into her repertoire with Stella McCartney's adorable Ink Stretch Paisley Print Bellamy Shorts ($389) teamed with Equipment's Sleeveless Signature Blouse ($178) and strappy yellow sandals for an effortlessly chic, summer-in-the-city outfit. That same day, Girls star Zosia Mamet stepped out for the People Like Us after-party wearing a casually cool ensemble consisting of a white tee, which she tied up in knot, high-waisted paisley trousers, and chunky platforms. We're also over the moon over the cord-embellished Stella McCartney S/S 12 dress Solange Knowles wore to said designer's Resort 13 presentation in New York a month ago, as the paisley frock was a playfully chic choice befitting the alfresco event.
Get The Look/Dress
If you find yourself in need of some paisley pieces pronto, then you'll want to peruse our superb roundup of clothing and accessories. Perhaps the simplest way to incorporate today's look into your wardrobe is with Topshop Boutique's Paisley Pocket Shift Dress ($140). While the fitted silhouette lends the frock a subtle allure, the black and white print keeps it chic and sophisticated. Just be sure to throw on strappy sandals and some brightly colored baubles for a stylish night out!
Get The Look/Blouse
Want to try a blouse instead? We adore the bite-size pattern featured on Equipment's Brett Button Down Paisley Blouse ($248) in Mustard and think it will be a smash at the office tucked into a pair of tailored, cropped trousers.
Get The Look/Pants and Shorts
As much as we love paisley on a dress and top, we're equally enamored with this print when it comes to the bottom half of your look! For example, Zara's Wide Paisley Print Trousers ($60) in Green, with their relaxed fit and luxe silk fabric, offer an easy chic way to address the trend, making them a surefire pick for a warm-weather getaway. We also approve of the figure-flattering Paisley-Swirl Pencil Skirt ($90) from Talbots, as the mélange of green and pastel hues is quite striking and will instantly bring life to a mix of neutrals. On the more casual end of the paisley spectrum, Citizens of Humanity has us lusting after the perfectly worn-in look of the Chloe High-Waist Cut Off Shorts ($172), which are ideal for a music festival or backyard soiree!
Get The Look/Accessories
Lest you think today's print is reserved for clothing only, we've rounded up some paisley accessories that are sure to delight as well. High-fashion kicks receive another fabulous update, thanks to Judari's Tearoom Wedge Sneakers ($378). Put some paisley pep in your step by slipping on these canvas high-tops with a summery frock or skinny jeans. If it's an investment-worthy piece you seek, look no further than Miu Miu's Printed Cotton-Canvas Mini Bucket Bag ($895). It may be petite, but trust us, its unique shape and medley of charming prints will make a very big statement. Lastly, if a repeated paisley print is bit too bold for your tastes, try kate spade new york's Paisley Park Hinge Bangle ($178). Violet gems and gold-plated metal form the print's infamous teardrop shape, while adding a touch of romantic elegance to an after-hours look.--Jessica Baker
J.W. Anderson runway photo, courtesy of Christopher Moore/catwalking.com; Photo of Miranda Kerr, courtesy of Splash News; Photo of Solange Knowles, courtesy of Getty Images.