Making waves: Summer’s must have prints
It’s a well known fact that a British summer can be, shall we say, a little temperamental, but this season’s prints are definitely set to outshine the weather. So whether you’re planning an exotic escape, or braving a barbecue with umbrella in tow, we’ve picked out some of the brightest and boldest patterns to include in your summer wardrobe; from beach, to bar, and back again.
New York based designer Leaf Xia is known for collage-style prints, and her latest collection maintains this playful, cartoon style. Dresses and skirts are emblazoned with summery motifs, including daisies and strawberries, with leather panels and shoulder cut outs providing tough contrast. Multi-coloured raincoats solve the annual comfort versus style festival dilemma.
Agne Kuzmickaite also proves that this season’s prints reach far beyond classic polka dots and stripes with hoodies and t-shirts sporting bold, contemporary motifs. Her pieces are casually styled – loose fit, sporty silhouettes – but their florescent graffiti style prints and three-dimensional butterfly embellishments make a bold and colourful statement.
Then there are this season’s tropical creations, guaranteed to make you feel one step closer to sand under your soles, swaying palms and pina coladas in the shade. London based Ashley Isham’s Hawaiian prints explore various colour options but, if you’re going to go tropical, we say commit with a canary yellow shade, whether that’s a swimsuit, or a pair of Isham’s tailored shorts.
Tallulah & Hope
In fact, the beach and the pool are the perfect setting for some print adventures this summer and you don’t have to look far to find options. Tallulah & Hope, for example, has perfected the beach cover up for pool girls who never really loved the hemp and hippy look over swim style. The brand’s kaftans feature flattering clean lines and graphic patterns, effortlessly chic and dripping with Scandi-style cool.
However, if you’re feeling a more cultural print, Sarah & Sorrentino has you covered, with Japanese inspired kimonos and swimsuits. Their Zanzibar collection also includes brightly patterned scarves that double as cover-ups and headwear - that’s two summer accessories for the price of one.
Of course, you don’t have to be head to toe in bright prints to make a statement this summer - just a splash is enough. If you’re frankly terrified of too much colour or dominating prints then the scarf is your friend. Anna Tuomaala’s contemporary fashion brand, Emilia Mala, creates vibrant printed scarves that can be worn any which way. With their soft silks, and storytelling patterns they are both excellent accessories and a way to dip a toe in a pool of prints for the colour-shy.
Solid & Striped
And finally, we know that the more complex prints aren’t for everyone and if brightly hued tropical patterns aren’t your thing then there’s always the more straightforward stripe or check. Solid & Striped is a go to for bikinis and swimsuits with an uncomplicated elegance. Opt for on-trend gingham or sophisticated St Tropez stripes, on the beach in the park or wherever the summer sunshine finds you.
By Elizabeth Kennedy