Take Notes—These Are the Print Trends to Know for Fall 2021

While plenty of the prints we saw throughout the summer, such as retro florals and checkerboard, are still going to be strong for fall, the runways brought out a wave of prints, nostalgic and new, that we think deserve to be put on your radar. While the theme for 2021 fashion is still all about being "out-there" and prominent, we promise there are still understated print trends in the mix if taking it to the max isn't your thing. From crafty patchwork to subtle stripes, we saw a pleasant variety on the runways.

Below, we took an extensive look through designers' F/W 2021 collections and picked out the prints that we think are going to be taking over this season. You may be surprised by some, but some were already seen coming. It's no surprise that plaid is stronger than ever with the recent pop-punk revival in the music and fashion scene. While we saw girls flock toward brands like Rowing Blazers and Sporty & Rich to bring out their inner tennis player and to mimic Princess Diana, we shouldn't be surprised that argyle and school-like stripes are in this mix as well. Keep scrolling for your digital download on the biggest prints we're going to see for fall.


Courtesy of Moschino; Courtesy of Chloé; Courtesy of Libertine

You may have heard of "craftcore" this summer, and it's only getting bigger. From patchwork to mixed prints and crochet, if it looks like something you could be assigned in an art class, it passes the test. Pick up a crafty piece to be your go-to statement piece this season.


Courtesy of Celine; Courtesy of Altuzarra; Courtesy of Molly Goddard; Courtesy of Chanel

While we can agree that plaid is always going to be around, we also love reiterations of it from a style perspective. Plaid is seen within the prep trend we mention below, but a large portion of the print this season is inspired by the pop-punk revival taking over in music and fashion. 


Courtesy of ACNE Studios; Courtesy of Ganni; Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst

These floral are actually groundbreaking. Usually, floral prints tend to take over the whole garment, but this season, it's all about florals placed sporadically.


Courtesy of Dodo Bar Or; Courtesy of Stine Goya; Courtesy of Christopher John Rogers

Don't worry—this isn't the geometry class you have to pass a test for. We all saw the '70s comeback this year, and it's only going further.


Courtesy of Alessandra Rich; Courtesy of Vivienne Westwood

If it looks like it can be a part of a school uniform, then it works. Argyle, wide stripes, and the whole preppy load aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Channel your inner Princess Di moving forward—we already have.


Courtesy of Miu Miu; Courtesy of DSquared2; Courtesy of Paco Rabanne; Courtesy of Celine

Even if you're not hitting the slopes anytime soon, that doesn't mean you can't dress for the occasion.