Fashion’s romance with the ’70s is in full flush, and with the retro trend comes a variety of bold new patterns that recall the moment when flares and floppy hats first made the scene. While the modern take is more streamlined and easily wearable, these prints aren’t afraid to get busy – or have some fun.
For instance, there’s the perennial floral. Back in the day, big, flowery prints covered kaftans and mini florals popped up on countrified vintage styles like the gunny sack dress. Today, floral prints are making an appearance in all sizes on work-friendly pieces, and for good reason. A more delicate print brings feminine softness to tailored suit separates, while a blown-out floral pegs you as a girl with confidence.
Tapestry and scarf prints are back in a big way, too. Now as then, they’re a natural fit for soft, billowy fabrics and easygoing silhouettes – think maxi dresses and kimonos. The new versions of these patterns take on a personality all their own thanks to seriously vibrant blues, purples and other shades.
Also making a comeback: chevron. This time, the pointed pattern is often scaled down for a zigzag effect or featured on accessories like bags and jewelry, so you can wear it as an accent or as a statement. Don’t you love options? Try a few and show us which print look you like best on Instagram with #LoveExpress.