As the summer sales begin to take hold, it’s the first time we can really get excited about updating our wardrobes for the new season ahead. And yes, it may be scorching hot outside and you might not be quite ready to swap your one-piece for a quilted coat, but there is a simple way to incorporate Fall/Winter 2017 trends into your looks now, without going full-throttle winter. Cue: the powerful prints that will be blowing your basics out of the water this season.
Following on from the whimsical florals of spring and crayon-colored bold stripes of summer, FW17’s fabrics are all about experimenting big with prints. From Yeezy’s classic Prince of Wales check, adapted for the millennial in scale and color, to Alexander McQueen’s global-traveller paisleys that are oversized and unconventional, this fall boasts a whole lot more than leather and sequins. Whether you want to go big with top-to-toe pattern or just add some bold new pieces to your collection, mixing these with your current favorites is a sure-fire way of getting a slice of new season action now.
To get you started, Savoir Flair has rounded up the top five prints to weave into your wardrobe.
Reminiscent of your grandmother’s home furnishings, the wallpaper florals of the seventies were a huge hit on the runways of Chloé and Mulberry for Fall/Winter 2017. Instead of opting for safe monochrome, try painted florals like those seen on tea dresses at Prabal Gurung or the classic rose brocade that was hero at Christopher Kane.
From the structured blazer dresses at Stella McCartney to the ode-to-the-90s flannel shirts at Gucci, checks were seen in all colors, shapes, and sizes on next season’s runways. It’s probably the easiest print to wear; just swap your classic white shirt for a plaid option. For real FW17 points, upgrade your simple tailored trousers to a checkered pair.
Connect the Dots
An oldie but goodie when it comes to prints, polka dots are back in a big way for many designer next season. Balenciaga peppered the print in navy, black, and white throughout its collection, most daringly on voluminous maxi dresses. If you’re not ready to go so bold, try an accessory, like the skinny scarf.
Artisanal folklore is huge for Fall 2017, and the Bohemian scarf print proved key on the runways of Alexander McQueen and eclectic Etro. Worn in layers of silky fabrics, this one is perfect for those who favor a free-spirited approach to fashion. Try swapping your summer aztecs and embroidery for this print.
By far the most popular of all prints, leopard once again secured its place as a firm favorite at Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg but featured most heavily among the dazzling pieces at Dolce & Gabbana. This is a print that will truly never date, so invest in a piece like a bag or shoe that will add FW17 feels to your wardrobe now without feeling old in seasons to come.