While many of us have a solid rotation of wardrobe essentials, think light denim jeans, classic white tee and a plain oversized hoodie – summer 2021 is all about having fun, and your wardrobe should reflect that. As seen on the runway from Louis Vuitton to Burberry, wild and bold prints are where it’s at. And not just your average leopard print – pastoral prints, psychedelic-like patterns and abstract shapes in bold colours have all made their way into the spotlight. So, it’s time to trade in your monochromatic pieces for mushroom-print sneakers, tie-dye bucket hats and graffiti-print denim jackets. And we’ve got just what you need. Check out this list of 12 print pieces we’ve compiled for your bold summer. Thank us later.
THE FESTIVAL-READY FLORAL BLOUSE
Florals for spring? Groundbreaking, I know… But the fact that we can attend festivals in 2021, that is indeed groundbreaking.
CLOSED FLORAL SHORT-SLEEVE SHIRT, US$240 / £159
KSUBI BROWN & BLACK PROWLER SHIRT, US$160 / £165
THE PSYCHEDELIC SHORTS
Prepare for the trip of the summer with these psychedelic-like shorts. PSA: don’t stare at them for too long they will make you dizzy.
THE NORTH FACE MONOGRAM-PRINT SHORTS, US$69 / £63
GUCCI ORANGE COTTON LINEN G PAISLEY SHORTS, US$831 (approx.) / £600
THE EVER SO SUBTLE TIE-DYE HATS
Who would have thought our pandemic-boredom DIY antics could actually cascade into a trend? Yet here we are. Though some of us (me) are probably best off leaving the actually tie-dying part up to professionals.
PALM ANGELS PALM-PRINT BUCKET HAT, US$220 / £150
ISABEL MARANT HALEY TIE-DYE BUCKET HAT, US$160 / £120
THE WILD CARDIGANS
A cardigan should never hide a perfectly good outfit. But if anything, these cardigans are THE outfit. No longer will your Uber driver struggle to find you in the flock of people rushing out of the closing bar. You are the main character, now come on now.
R13 ORANGE DISTRESSED EDGE CARDIGAN, US$525 / £460
THE ELDER STATEMENT MULTICOLOUR CASHMERE THELMA MIX UP CARDIGAN, US$1,935 / £1,845
REVISITING THE DENIM JACKET
Everyone loves a good denim piece. Yet everyone hates when the whole room is sporting the same blue denim jacket with Jordans and an overworn pair of track pants. An inevitable problem with a simple solution; prints, of course.
WE11DONE BLACK GRAFFITI ALLOVER PRINT JACKET, US$515 / £410
CASABLANCA MONOGRAM-PRINT DENIM JACKET, US$915 / £570
THE PASTORAL PRINT SNEAKERS
After travelling from bedroom to living room to kitchen to back to the bedroom for over a year, no wonder we are all in dire need of a dose of nature. Footwear is now defying its habitual monochromatic colourways for funky pastoral prints that are almost too gaudy to be real.
NIKE SB DUNK LOW X STINGWATER ‘MAGIC MUSHROOM’, US$131.50 (approx.) / £94.95
CONVERSE X BRAIN DEAD WHITE CHUCK 70 SNEAKERS, US$166 (approx.) / £120
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