The Top 5 Prints of Summer 2020 (Beyond Florals)

5 best summer pattern trends of 2020



I won't bore you with a Miranda Priestly quote, but there's so much more to summer prints than florals. I certainly am a proponent of the classic pattern, but I decided to check in on everyone's favorite brands to see which trends they're advocating for this summer. Not to pat myself on the back, but I think I hit the jackpot.

For starters, gingham is having quite a moment in the spotlight right now. Slap it on a bikini, slip dress, shorts, or headband, and it's bound to sell like crazy. Many of my favorite gingham pieces also tap into other trends like puff sleeves and '90s-esque thin straps, so it's really like killing two birds with one stone. The tie-dye trend also shows no sign of slowing down, perhaps driven in part by its popularity on TikTok. Scroll down to see and shop my five favorite summer pattern trends from H&M, Shopbop, Reformation, and more. 

1. Gingham

Best Pattern Trends for Summer - Gingham Dresses



I love the crossover strap details on the back of this sweet dress. 

Alright, this is the cutest $35 T-shirt I've ever seen. 

This super-cute top is also available in sizes 1X to 4X. I especially love the ruffle detail on the sleeves. 

This is technically a bikini top, but I 100% support wearing it as a blouse. 

Kate Middleton, anyone? 

A cute bandana is particularly functional with face-covering rules right now. 

Wear these shorts with a white tank top, and Converse sneakers and call it a day. 

2. Fruits

Helmstedt is one of my favorite rising Danish brands. How could I resist these delightful strawberry shorts?

best printed dresses for summer



Grapes, pears, tomatoes—the gang's all here. 

To liven up your underwear drawer. 

Reformation always has the best prints, and this precious lemon pattern is no exception. 

The only thing better than this adorable print is the fun puff sleeves. 

Square necklines are still very much on-trend. 

I'll admit: I hoard graphic tees for summer. They're just perfect to wear with jeans or cutoffs. 

This charming swimsuit is almost too pretty to swim in—but that won't stop me. 

3. Tie-Dye

Best Tie-Dye clothing



Meet the perfect tie-dye sweatshirt for lounging at home. 

Confession: I've been wearing the same two pairs of gray sweats for weeks now. This will be a refreshing change for my stay-at-home wardrobe. 

best tie-dye clothes for summer 2020



Don't miss the pretty back detail on this dress. Bonus points for the very '90s skinny straps. 

The drawstring waist on this dress ensures it's comfortable for everyone. 

I don't care what anyone says: Flip-flops are real shoes. 

Don't overlook the cute ruffle trim on this dress. 

Who said workout gear has to be boring? This bra has a cool artsy vibe. 

This looks way more expensive than it really is. Proenza Schouler, anyone?

Take notes: This is perfect to wear with sweatshorts. 

4. Polka Dots

Polka Dot tops for summer



This super-cute top can easily be worn with solid-color bottoms you already own if you don't want to invest in the matching Tie-Detailed Polka-Dot Bikini Briefs ($115).

This pretty flutter-sleeve dress is getting great reviews on Target's website. It also comes in sizes 1X to 4X

Reformation can do no wrong in my book. 

Square neckline? Ruffled sleeves? Peplum detail? Check, check, and check. 

This shape is so easy to wear with sneakers, sandals, or heels. 

This is how you master the mixed-material trend. 

5. Tropical

Tropical print dresses for summer



Almost as good as a trip to Hawaii. Almost. 

This is such a cheerful little top. I particularly like the tiered detailing on the sleeves. 

Your dad's Hawaiian shirts are cool again—someone go tell him. 

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