Just in Case You Needed Another Excuse to Wear Prints This Spring

Plaids, florals, gingham, stripes...need we go on? In collaboration with Bergdorf Goodman.

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Meagan Wilson, Stephanie Mark
Photography: Jake Rosenberg

This spring, we’re marrying a few (hint: four) of our favorite trends with the style archetypes that just won’t quit. Here are the girls we’re taking cues from while we get dressed this season, where they’ll be wearing it, and how you can pull it off, too.

 

We’ve always been unabashed maximalists when it comes to mixing and matching (and sometimes clashing) prints. This season, though, something about the trend (is it still really a trend, though?) feels different. The patterns feel every bit as present, only slightly restrained—even more austere, if anything—and fittingly make way for maximalist jewelry and footwear (from athletic sneakers to ’70s-tinged heels) to shine. It’s just the thing we envision all of the cool female artists and gallerists we follow on Instagram wearing—here’s how we think they’d pull it off.

 

The girl: The Arty Type

Think... Carlotta Kohl, Lucy Chadwick

She never leaves the house without: The animated keychain she picked up in Tokyo.

The beauty product she swears by: Rosewater facial spray, over generous pumps of facial oil.

Her slightly under-the-radar getaway of choice: Tulum.

 


Especially when it comes in the form of dramatic ball skirts or voluminous trousers. Don’t be afraid to stray away from streamline, even when pairing opposing prints, like the stripes-and-floral combo seen here. Pops of color tie the whole thing together (see the coordinating magenta embroidery on the shirt and shoes, plus that lip stain?).

Top, Cinq a Sept; Pants, Cinq a Sept; Shoes, Loeffler Randall; Necklace, Mercedes Salazar

 


Pairing something that is slightly on the admittedly trendy side (see this sneaker-and-slip-dress combination, straight-up nabbed from every Jenner/Hadid) with a slightly offbeat print (this pale checkered motif) adds interest to what might otherwise have you feel like a mannequin.

Dress, Public School; Shoes, Common Projects; Earrings, Oscar de la Renta; Bag, Issey Miyake

 


The genius thing about this Theory dress is that it’s one of those pieces thatas cliché as it now soundsyou can truly take from day to night. It’s a miracle. Worn with sneakers, like it is here, it totally works for a hungover brunch date, but takes on a whole new life when worn with strappy sandals.

Dress, Theory; Shoes, Golden Goose; Earrings, Mercedes Salazar

 


Occasionally, mixing prints can feel a little...Miss Frizzle. She’s undeniably one of the sartorial greats, but sometimes you really want to throw gender performativity to the wind and lean into something that feels over-the-top femme. A gingham print might not traditionally have you on your Shania, but we dare you to tell us this Zimmerman dress isn’t the flirtiest thing you’ve ever seen.

Dress, Zimmerman; Shoes, Alexandre Birman; Earring, Rebecca De Ravenel

 

Shop the trend online or in-store at Bergdorf Goodman (212.753.7300; 5th Avenue and 58th Street, New York, NY or email [email protected]).

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