‘Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.’
When Miranda Priestly uttered these words in The Devil Wears Prada, people all over panicked when they took one look at their spring wardrobes.
Why? Because florals are a spring staple and season after season we rely on them to elevate our daily outfits.
However, florals aren’t for everyone.
For the minimalists, they are too shouty. For others, they are too pretty and girly.
These individuals struggle each April when shop floors and online screens become flooded with roses, peonies and daisies.
Thankfully, there is some reprieve for those who don’t enjoy wearing the products of the garden.
Across the online and offline high street, alternatives to florals are available.
From stripes to swirls, there are more ways than one to do print.
And here are eight we love.
A step up from florals, paisley print has a 1970s edge. With a hippie festival vibe, the print is surprisingly wearable and goes especially well when paired with jeans.
Abstract print is a genius way to make a statement that isn’t too pretty and proper. Bold and fun, we love this blue and white dress from Topshop that is made for late night parties in summer.
Zebra print works all year round. The perfect print for those who prefer monochrome looks, this classic shirt from Cos will look extra chic when tucked into a pair of high waist leather shorts.
Check print and summer go hand in hand. From picnic blankets to dresses, it is a versatile pattern that can be dressed up and down. This midi dress from Mango can be easily paired with trainers for day trips and with white heels for nights on the town.
What colour is your aura? As christened by the Metro Lifestyle team, aura print looks almost psychedelic. Both a mix of tie dye and heat mapping print, its softness is a beautiful accompaniment to spring/summer.
Unlike florals, patchwork is structured. And for those who love clean lines and shapes, it’s the summer print for you. Be sure to wear this ASOS crochet number to your first summer beach trip.
We can’t talk about prints without mentioning stripes. A classic in fashion, stripes will never do you wrong. Chic, stylish and versatile, stripes are a serious spring/summer win.
Spot the difference? Not a floral in sight. Easy to wear and sure to catch eyes, say yes to spot print in your new season wardrobe. We love this Kitri dress that can be worn all year round making it a superb sartorial investment.