The worst of winter has yet to come, but that doesn't mean we don't already have one eye on the upcoming season. It wasn't too long ago that the S/S 20 runways gave us a taste of what's to come. So to give ourselves a break from the dreaded puffer-coat slump, we've taken to daydreaming up a list of the pretty (and bold) prints that await us in a few months' time. From fresh updates to a few favorites (polka dots and gingham) to far out florals evocative of your grandma's chic '70s-era wallpaper, these prints are poised to dominate our Instagram feeds.
Caution: Minimalists may want to look away. The following list is packed to the brim with eye-catching patterns and a kaleidoscope of colors not for the faint of heart. Read on to see the five prints we're predicting every fashion girl will be wearing come spring.
1. Psychedelic Florals
Sure, florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but this late '60s/early '70s take on the print feels arguably refreshing. Get ready to see as many groovy cuts (think kick-flare pants in velvet, boho maxi dresses, and mod-like miniskirts) as you will '70s era-inspired prints like the larger-than-life abstract florals seen at Christopher Kane.
Pro tip: Now may be a good time to raid your grandma's closet for any and all vintage goodies.
Babba Rivera shows us how it's done in a perfect head-toe mustard ensemble. And the cherry on top? A thick headband and blunt bangs that complete the mod throwback.
This suiting staple is getting wings of its own. While we can still expect to find a myriad of classic pinstripe blazers and trousers, we're ready for the onslaught of other silhouettes taking on the print.
Like Sacai's addition of chains and open-toed sandals, keep your pinstripe picks from looking too business formal and mix it up with more casual pieces like colorful striped sweaters, sneakers, or a mesh layering tee.
These style twins know how to mix business and pleasure pairing their pinstripe suits with sneakers and oversized sunglasses.
3. Polka Dots
This season, Altuzarra let us know that when it comes to polka dots, all shapes, sizes, and colors are welcome. Whether dressed up with a wedding-friendly cocktail dress or dressed down in an everyday tee, expect polka dots to be rampant next season.
4. Tropical Prints
It seemed only appropriate that Versace closed out its spring/summer 2020 show with J.Lo modeling a reimaged version of her iconic plunging Grammy's dress. The brand's latest collection heavily featured tropical prints, a theme shared by a handful of other designers this past fashion week. From palm prints to hibiscus florals, you can operate on island time and any time in this trending pattern.
Shopbop's Fashion Director, Caroline Maguire, shows us just how easy it is to mix the bold print in with our existing wardrobe.
This isn't the first spring we've been hung up on gingham, and it certainly won't be the last. But this time around, keep the picnic reminiscent versions at home. This season’s take on the print puts pastels and contrasting cuts at the forefront. Whether you choose to dress head-to-toe in gingham (like this Emilia Wickstead ensemble), opt for a chic two-piece set, or let it sit in as a subtle, secondhand design element, don't pass up on the print come spring.
Looking to stand out from the gingham crowd? Try an asymmetrical gingham print that gives the classic print an unexpected edge.