The trendsetter’s guide to printed fabrics

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March 10, 2013 by ginafashionistar


Image from Flickr via Quiltsalad

Every year, as designers introduce new trends, fresh patterns also emerge to keep consumers interested and have fashionistas clamouring over the latest print. While in summer we get variations of the classic floral print, in the winter our patterns get darker and designers play with everything from skulls to ikat.

Just like with new trends, it can be difficult trying to keep up with all of these new looks. Just when you feel as though you’ve finally nailed a certain look, everything changes and fashion magazines are telling you that you should, in fact, be wearing something else.

So, what are the prints we should all be wearing at the moment, and how do you style them?

Midi dresses

Print dresses are hard to get right. They’re not always particularly flattering and if you choose the wrong design, it can make you look far bigger than you actually are. After all, everyone knows the rule about wearing horizontal stripes.

Print midi dresses are all the rage at the moment and one of the easiest ways to sport the trend is to go for tie-dye or bold Aztec designs, as these will draw the eye to the pattern and disguise any lumps or bumps. Take style inspiration from Michelle Keegan and toughen up your printed midi dress with a leather biker jacket, heels and a large leather bag.

Printed trousers

Printed trousers first started to make their mark last summer and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. However, the trend has developed and while last year the look was all about floral trousers, which season designs are bold and graphic, with an almost punky feel to them.

Look for designs like plenty of black and white, or maybe even a flash of orange or green thrown in. You also want to stay away from pretty, flowery prints and go for checks, squares, zig-zags – in fact anything modern and geometric.


But that’s not to say florals have completely disappeared. They are still making their mark on everything from bomber jackets to skirts and blouses. Just make sure the print is large rather than small and ditsy to bring the look bang up to date.


Japanese and oriental-inspired designs really made their mark on the spring/summer 2013 catwalks and not only did designers take inspiration from the shapes and the cut of traditional dress from this part of the world, but they also went for bold, ornate patterns with plenty of gold birds and lotus flowers.


If there was one show that really stood out among the spring/summer 2013 collections it was the Louis Vuitton escalator extravaganza. There was no getting away from 60s shifts and geometric designs in black, white and fluorescent yellow.

If you buy one thing this summer, it’s got to be a little printed mini dress with the boldest square pattern you can brave. Team it with a beehive hairstyle, heels and a slick of bright pink or orange lipstick for a really 60s vibe – and don’t forget your fake eyelashes.


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