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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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!
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