The 4 hero prints you need this summer
Proof that there’s a whole world of prints beyond florals
Do you remember Miranda Priestly, the imperious magazine editor from The Devil Wears Prada? Her withering rejection of a fashion trend – “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” – was ringing in our ears when we put together this sneak peek of Tu’s swirly bohemian patterns, jaunty checks and textured summer tweed. The sarcasm may be off-the-scale but Miranda had a point; there’s a whole world of prints beyond florals. Just take Tu’s geometric print trouser suit (above) for a start. The small-scale, uniform pattern is just as flattering as a solid colour, plus the fabric comes with just enough stretch to skim over your curves. We teamed it with a camisole but all you’ll need is a roll-neck to stride into autumn.
Tweed and check prints
Tu’s cute textured tweedy skirt is another printed piece that bucks the usual summer trends. Make the most of its rosy palette and short length with bare legs during the summer months and extend its cost-per-wear ratio with a pair of winter-ready opaque tights.
Tu’s Bohemian Luxe collection is the perfect way to get romantic and feminine – without the flowers. We love the way curvy abstract patterns are scattered across pinafores, dresses and blouses for a look that’s both grown-up and gorgeous. Layer them up in different shades for an effortless way to nail print-mixing without the clash.
A mix of graphic prints
We’ve got a print-mixing theory that sounds like something out of Miranda Priestly’s fictional magazine, but, still, hear us out: when a classic print achieves wardrobe staple status – like the Breton top above – you can actually style it as if it was a neutral. That’s why Tu’s green striped top doesn’t jar with these spotty tailored trousers. (FYI the same principle applies to other simple and graphic patterns like checks and gingham too.)
How do you take your prints? We’d love to hear your take on the best summer patterns in the comment box below.