Summer Prints

Whilst neutrals – think creams, browns, beige and tans – have been having a bit of a sartorial moment recently, prints have also been taking up shop fronts, magazine best buys and Instagram feeds too.

From the perennially popular Breton stripe – always an enduring summer favourite – to the polka dot and millennial slogans, the more traditional toile print has come back around and grown in popularity too this season. Also referred to as the wallpaper print or Toile de Jouy to give it its full name, it is a nostalgic, romantic and often bucolic-style print that depicts rural or historic scenes. It is more frequently seen in pale blue and white, but other colourways, pink for example, look just as pretty.

Although a decidedly feminine print, like all trends or new styles it can always be dressed up, down or given a more masculine edge.

A toile dress is wonderfully reminiscent of a British summer day spent picnicking or messing about in boats – or even for a wedding, while a blouse or lightweight top could be worn with straight legs jeans and heels or trainers for a more casual day-to-day look. The same goes for a toile skirt: simply team with chunky white trainers for a more effortless feel or pair with a button up cardigan and pumps for something a little more feminine and kitsch.

Aside from the toiles and the stripes, floral prints are both timeless and wonderfully seasonal too. Or why not venture further afield than the pretty wildflowers of summer for a beach or landscape scene? While these pieces may not be as enduring as a pair of blush pink peg leg trousers, they are something fun and frivolous to add to your wardrobe. Opt for a dress which you can pair with a white tee underneath or a cropped sweatshirt over the top, and wear with trainers or heels, depending on your style.

Tie-Detail Dress | H&M | £17.99

Natalie Toile de Jouy Tea Dress | Joanie | £45

Estella Wildflower Print Dress | L.K. Bennett | now £169

Artists View Dress | Cath Kidston | £75