Think back to the first warm day of the season: the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the streets were abuzz with people flaunting their summer wardrobe. We’d bet anything that majority of the outfits on display were floral.
While we always love a good floral, there comes a point in the season where we’d like to shake up our look with something else. We’ve rounded up 8 great patterns that are perfect for summer — no petals in site.
1. Windowpane Check
The long lines of this classic take on check add elegance to an otherwise airy design. Kick your work wardrobe into high-fashion with a windowpane check blazer, or choose a lighter hue for a breezy weekend look.
2. Graceful Gingham
Regardless of what’s new and good in the world of fashion, gingham always seems to come back as a summer staple. Worried about looking like a picnic blanket? Stick to pieces that are fitted and sleek.
3. Rainbow Stripes
Sport some low-key retro vibes with this bold trend. Pair it with denim as your neutral to ramp up the ’70s vibes, or keep it subtle with rainbow accessories like shoes and sunglasses.
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4. Quirky Cherries
This cheeky trend is sweet as, well, cherry pie! Not ready to commit to wearing a full orchard on your dress? A pair of cherry earrings is just as endearing.
5. Breezy Palm Leaves
Take the vacation with you wherever you go with bold, tropical palm leaves. This pattern feels most at home on the beach, but it looks just as good at a dinner out when tucked beneath a blazer.
Channel your inner witch or warlock with flowy pieces in this mesmerizing pattern. It will quickly become your go-to look for nights out, summer weddings, and more.
7. Playful Plaid
Take this winter staple into summer with bright hues reminiscent of Cher Horowitz from Clueless. Short hems and modern accessories keep the look from feeling stuffy.
8. Wide Stripes
This classic print makes going from work-wear to playsuit a breeze. Simply pick pieces that have a little sway to them, such as tea-length skirts and culottes.