The "Artsy" Micro-Trend Fashion People Can't Get Enough Of

It's a well-documented fact that the fashion crowd loves an exciting print. While I've seen my fair share of kitschy patterns and overly saccharine florals, the latest print on the rise feels worthy of a full-fledged exhibition at the MoMA. I'm talking about bold photographic and painted graphics that look like they belong on canvas. 

Lately, I haven't been able to make it through my feed without spotting one, and insider-y brands like With Jéan, Ottolinger, and Elliss have jumped headfirst into the pool, churning out tops and dresses adorned with striking large-scale prints.

When your mood is calling for an outfit that goes beyond the scope of sterile basics, a visually stunning print just may be the solution. If it seems intimidating to pull off IRL, take a deep breath—it's way easier to incorporate into your day-to-day looks than it seems. Just pair your printed pieces with simple accessories, and you have a ready-made outfit that's just the right amount of extra. If you're into the wearable-art trend, keep scrolling to see all the beautiful pieces I can't stop thinking about and a little styling inspiration from a few tastemakers. 



Just like art, there are many styles of graphic prints. One of which is the romantic imagery of Renaissance-themed graphics. Fashion-forward brand Ottolinger enlisted the help of Los Angeles–based artist Julien Nguyen to create a classical print for its fall 2021 collection. The result is clothes that look like walking pieces of art.

If you're more in the camp of abstract patterns, this bodysuit is equal parts sultry and unique.

Named after designer Elliss Solomon, Elliss is the label to know if you're heavily invested in the growing trend. Solomon's signature aesthetic is large-scale prints that instantly catch your attention.

You really can't go wrong with anything from Dries Van Noten, and this dress is on sale!

Featuring obscure images from Google Maps, this top is truly a one-of-a-kind conversation starter.



The beautiful collage of prints on this dress will make every head turn.

Fall is coming, so you're gonna need a cool pair of boots.

I love how affordable this top is.

The first time I saw this dress, I couldn't look away. It's simply mesmerizing.

Your new date-night outfit, found.

With cooler temperatures just around the corner, it's time that a fun second-skin top reenters the chat.

This piece from fashion favorite Paloma Wool was created in collaboration with artist Nicolás Feriche, and I need it in my closet ASAP.



Louisa Ballou is arguably the queen of sultry summer prints right now, so this piece won't steer you wrong.

Just think of all the parties you could wear this to.

I have this dress, and it's easily one of my favorite pieces for more elevated events.



Just a warning: You'll want everything from this brand. Yeoman's prints are so striking and fun.

Pair this shirt with high-waisted mom jeans and loafers for an effortlessly cool look.

The kicker about this dress? It's shorter in the back for a dynamic high-low effect.