Warmer weather and sunnier days call for sprucing up your wardrobe. Spring is the perfect time to experiment with crisp colors and loud prints. While florals may seem like the typical go-to print for the weather change, try some twists to traditional patterns for a fresh start this spring.
Polka Dots: This is a versatile trend that can add a whimsical and fun or professional with a classic twist. Dots have been seen on many runways this spring, from Chanel to Armani. Add a pop of color to your outfit with a bright and flirty polka dot dress — perfect for a day at the park. Or incorporate dots into your internship wardrobe with a classic black-and-white dot print on a Peter Pan collar shirt (Forever 21, $17.80).
Bold Stripes: Thick striped pieces dominated the runways in New York and Paris this spring, from the collections of Oscar de la Renta to Michael Kors to Dolce & Gabbana. Create a nautical look by pairing a striped, red slouched shirt (Urban Outfitters, $34) with a pair of navy cut-offs. Feeling more eccentric? Ditch the colors and opt for a daring black-and-white striped dress.
Ethnic: Embrace ethnic prints without having to go abroad. Collections like Vera Wang, Altuzarra and Marc by Marc Jacobs have been hinting at this rising fad for sunnier days. Add a splash of print to a classic T-shirt and jeans combo with a colorful ethnic backpack (American Eagle, $39.95). Showcase the print with a colorful sundress for a Bohemian look.
Checkerboard: The bold checkerboard prints that are reminiscent of iconic 1960s London are back this spring, dominating the Louis Vuitton and Balmain runways. Incorporate the print into your wardrobe with a sassy checkerboard mini dress (Asos, $63.18). With all the walking that comes with kinder weather, treat yourself to a colorful new pair of sneakers with checkerboard print.
Dip-Dye: Ombré isn’t just a trend for hair. Dip-dyed pieces can easily add a sweet transitional touch of color to your spring wardrobe. Incorporate this print with a denim vest and a flowing maxi skirt (Urban Outfitters, $115) for a daytime relaxed vibe. For a night out, rock a leather jacket and daring cut-out ombré dress.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 2 print edition. Bryna Shuman is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]