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The 6 Summer Prints You Need

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We love summer for so many reasons – spending time outside with family, outdoor concerts, rosé all day… but especially the arrival of fresh summer prints. Summer is prime time to break out of your color rut and amp up your wardrobe with new prints and patterns! Read on for the six summer patterns you need to stay cool through these toasty months.

1. Seersucker and Stripes

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Red stripes are a great update on the navy blue sailor look. @songofstyle

There’s nothing quite like a classic breton shirt in stripes of red, navy or black to add a chic yet laid back element to any simple outfit. Go a step further and experiment with seersucker in summery hues of light blue or yellow! Seersucker is such a versatile fabric that stays light and breathable on hot days – keep an eye out for shirtdresses and blazers in this pattern to adapt this look to the workplace.

2. Tropical Florals

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Tropical dresses are the ideal one-step outfit. @gabifresh

We all know and love florals, but tropical florals are a whole new ballgame (and definitely a step up from your dad’s old Hawaiian shirts). Palm print bathing suits and clothing decorated with tropical fruits, like pineapples and coconuts, are very in style this season. Don’t be afraid of mixing patterns unapologetically – a skirt decorated with vibrant banana leaves can take a striped button down to a whole new level!

3. Ikat

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Darker ikat prints are a great contrast to typical summer whites. @closetcase.patterns via @fancytigercrafts

Ikat is a unique dyeing technique that can produce a diamond-shaped pattern that’s bound to be eye-catching as the centerpiece of any ensemble. Keep an eye out for ikat print in cool combinations like white and blue! This pattern looks especially fabulous on summer dresses.

4. Shibori

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Maxi dresses are dreamy in shibori. @joannagoddard

Looking for something free-spirited but still versatile enough to be worn on the daily? Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique primarily done with indigo which results in a super chic, more grown-up tie dye pattern of blue and white! Shibori is excellent for mixing with other prints as it can serve as a subtle base without being too overwhelming. Check out shibori print scarves and shawls for the perfect accessory to top off any outfit or just bundle up with at night.

5. Gingham

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Let gingham be the focal point of any summer ensemble. @juliahengel

Gingham: the quintessential summer print. There’s nothing more vintage than a gingham-checked bikini or dress. We adore this preppy pattern – it’s timeless enough to be recycled and re-worn season after season!

6. Embroidery

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Don’t overlook embroidered shoes! @rosielondoner

We know, we know – embroidery isn’t technically a print. But we just can’t help ourselves, embroidery is one of the trendiest additions to any outfit. This summer, max out on patterns and toss in some simple white t-shirts with floral embroidery and denim skirts with embroidered pockets while you’re at it.

What’s your favorite print to mix and match? Tell us in the comments!

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