4 Joyful Prints We Are Backing This Spring

We don't want to contradict ourselves. We absolutely think curating a concise edit of timeless staples that you'll come back to again and again is of the utmost importance. But it's also important for your personality to shine through your clothing, and let's face it, there's only so much a white linen shirt, classic-cut denim, and loafers (as chic as they may be) can do. In reality, the secret of any well-balanced wardrobe is to offset classic items with pieces that are characteristic of your personality—pieces that are fun, playful, and fill you with joy.

Now, it's up to you to decide what constitutes playful. For the minimalists among us, that could be a black beaded bag or perhaps a pair of sunglasses in an abstract shape. But for those with a more eclectic style, one of the simplest ways to refresh and refine your springtime look is with an on-trend print. And this season, there are four inherently jolly motifs to consider. From the new take on checks to the grown-up alternative to tie-dye, all the cheery spring patterns everyone is wearing are below.



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Style Notes: We first saw signs that checkerboard prints were making a comeback in 2021, but now, as we make our way into spring 2022, their return is all but confirmed. 


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Style Notes: Monochromatic options are still out there, but we're particularly partial to the bright iterations coming through. 




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Style Notes: You don't need to be a fashion expert to know that with spring come florals, but this year we love the bold use of daises in both high-street and high-end collections.


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Style Notes: Look for graphic shapes, and pair them with loose denim or shirting to stop the trend from looking too cutesy. 




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Style Notes: Tie-dye was the defining print trend of the last 12 months, so naturally, it wasn't going to disappear overnight. Instead, we're seeing a shift towards more grown-up swirl motifs. 


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Style Notes: Whether marbled or more abstract, this print will give your look a dose of Y2K coolness. 




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Style Notes: Stripes are a fashion mainstay that'll never date, but this season, we're seeing a variation of the usual monochrome stripes that populate the shopping sphere. Now, bright colours are involved. 


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Style Notes: From block rugby to lines of varying thickness, stripes have taken a rainbow turn and will bring boundless amounts of joy into your wardrobe. 


Next Up: Spring/Summer 2022 Trends: The Most Important Fashion Looks You Need to Know

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.