WWD is calling muted plaids and bold prints the best foils for early heat. With those words, the deal is sealed on feminine frocks in those patterns as they are sure to become this season’s must-haves.
Bold and plaid prints have already been spotted on fashionable bodies from Mischa Barton to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen who have all put a sophisticated spin on the grungy classics.
An important tidbit to remember is that when sporting bold prints or something as iconic as a plaid, no additional embellishments are needed. Keep the rest of your outfit monochromatic and your accoutrements to a minimum.
That said, whether you are into bold or subtle, tailored or loose, flirty or classic — here are some options to give your look an effortless, easy-going vibe, while keeping you perfectly on point with this sexy-chic trend.
This Elizabeth and James Bonfire Shirt (Designed by none other than the Olsen twins) mixes masculine and feminine aesthetics in a clean, well-constructed and stylish way.
This Mara Hoffman frock can be dressed down with flats for a day of lounging on the beach or dressed up with sky-high stappy sandals for a night out on the town.
Discussing plaid without mentioning Burberry would be a sin! This trench is a wonderful option to throw over a black, white or beige outfit on a rainy summer day.
Next to no one does prints as well as Missoni and this dress, seen in their runway collection, is a prime example. The bold center flower is perfectly offset by the muted salmon back layer.
Leave it to Derek Lam to consistently deliver fashion forward, yet wholly wearable pieces. This dress looks wonderful over a tights and pumps, or if you’re up for it, as an ultra mini with flats.
Clearly this summer, plaid is rad.