summertime fashion

6 Classic Summertime Prints

One of the best things about the summertime fashion trends is the endless selection of colorful prints! Our winter wardrobe naturally tends to be a bit more somber, reflective of the season but also so as to be easily layered. In summertime we shed the layers and say hello to color, in a veritable celebration of the sun, fun, romances and wanderlust. (Even if those ‘romances’ and ‘wanderlusts’ are only in novels, or visiting the cities we love.)

Here are 6 classic summertime prints, and our favorite selections-from subtle to obvious. There’s a way to play in the fashion-sandbox of summer for everyone!


To keep dots from venturing into the territory occupied by 5 year olds, women over 50 should consider sticking to ‘micro dots’, or non-uniform dot prints that are less literal. Emulate the style and color palette of painter Georges Seurat’s beautiful artworks, not Minnie Mouse. 

Max Studio Polka Dot Culottes


Max Studio Polka Dot Crepe Culotte Pants, $27 (originally $78)

Vaneli Nicki Perforated Espadrille Flat

Vaneli Nicki Perforated Espadrille Flat, $99-$109, available in 3 colors

Finley Downtown Liquid Dot Top

Finley Downtown Liquid Dot Top, $215, available in sizes XS-XL 


Reminiscent of picnics and other outdoorsy-folksy evenings, the nostalgia embedded in gingham is strong. Let’s not, however, wear the tablecloth to the picnic! Instead take gingham out of context, and find unique ways to sport the trend, like the flats or the clutch with tuxedo pants and a crisp white blouse. When choosing gingham in clothing keep the pattern small and subtle, in softer pastels. 

Gingham Bowknot Square Toe Flats

Gingham Bowknot Square Toe Flats, $47 

Asos Design Gingham Pants

Asos Design, Tailored Gingham Pants, $56, available in sizes 0-14

Braided Shopper, $18

Nautical Stripe 

Ahoy, ladies-did you know that the obsession with nautical-themed stripes has existed since 1917!? Yep! There’s something about the stripe that invokes the need to be near the sea, a swanky New England party on a private island. It was also a favorite of the early Hollywood celebrities and Parisians, alike. The only problem? The classical nautical stripe is horizontal. Today, however, designers have worked around that, understanding how unflattering it can be for the everyday woman. If you do choose to go with the classic nautical striped shirt, keep the stripes super skinny, which is more flattering than the wider stripes when horizontally placed. 

Eliza J Stripe Fit n Flare Dress

Eliza J, Stripe Fit & Flare Dress, $158 Available in Regular & Petite sizes 

Chinese Laundry Nautical Block Heel

CL by Chinese Laundry Women’s Jody Block Heel Dress Sandal, $50

Allen Allen Boxy Pullover Tunic Dress

Allan Allan, Boxy Pullover Tunic Dress, $120, available in 2 colors, and sizes XS-XL


Another trend that has almost completely eclipsed the standard botanical patterns using mainly florals is the Tropical-leaf print. Steer away from the iconic, albeit clichéd Hawaiian Shirt!  There is a graceful and moody minimalism in both color and design in most of the 2018 tropical prints. It is even a massive trend in interior design, as we fantasize once again about post-war prosperity and see an uptick in the mid-century-inspired design. 

Brahmin Duxbury Satchel

Brahmin Duxbury Satchel, $335 

Beach Riot Swim Coverup

Beach Riot Swim Cover-up, $105

Havaianas Slim Tropical Flip Flops

Havaianas Slim Tropical Flip Flops, $34 Available in 4 colors 


Cherry is another vintage print resurfacing. Our favorite way to use this print is in the accessories or a classic wardrobe staple like the button down blouse. Besides, who doesn’t love an excuse to wear cherry red lipstick?! 

Original Cherry Print Ultimate Essential Shirt

Original Cherry Print Ultimate Essential Shirt, $60, available in sizes XXS-XL and 2 colors

Soludos Cherries Smoking Slipper

Soludos Cherry Smoking Slipper, $75 

Coach Cherry Print Taylor Tote

COACH Cherries Print Taylor Tote, $279 


Rainbow isn’t so much a print as it is an intertwining of colors and is a huge trend via the modern, vertical stripe that will be everywhere this fall. In the summer, you can keep the rainbow of colors to a brighter, lighter mood before we settle into the heavy 1970s trend upcoming in fall/winter 2018! 

Kurt Geiger London Maize Sandals

Kurt Geiger LondonMaize Sandals, $79 

roxanne assoulin multi-technicolor rainbow drop earrings

Roxanne Assoulin, Technicolor Rainbow Drop Earrings, $220

Toolally Rainbow Hoop Earrings, $105 

Farm Rio Rainbow-Striped Dress

Farm Rio Rainbow-Striped Dress, $99 

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