In the past year the trend of animal prints has been hotter then ever. Leopard print coats were seen in abundance this past fall and Winter season. Now the animal and fur trend has evolved to a “tropical” print trend where people are wearing leaf and flower prints. Winter and fall was about the animals and their coats on our coats, now we’ve taken to wearing prints representing the habitat of these animals. For SS 2016 this works beautifully with loose and flowy clothes and canvas fabric. Light cottons are enhances with banana leaf patterns. Tropical patterns aren’t just for your dad’s Hawaiian button ups anymore. Florals for spring, ground breaking I know, however these truly are. Personally, I am a huge fan of these dreamy and classy leaf motifs.
Here are some of my favorite takes on the trend and where to buy them:
- Zara’s “Spring Bloom”
Although florals for spring may not be a ground breaking concept, Zara quite literally took my breath away with their latest floral and pattern covered collection. The patterns they have are innovative and fresh incorporating highly realistic looking flowers with a silky kimono meets pajamas vibe. The cuts of the clothes also are strongly reminiscent of runway trends with long button downs, dramatic couloutes, and loose boxy fits. The clothes are opposite of winters trends of a structured look, and if you can’t tell already I am madly in love with the sense simulating pattern crazy ensembles.
Known for their trendy basics and simple aesthetic, I love Top Shop’s take on this seemingly busy trend. They experiment with color blocking putting banana leaf prints against a pint back round in some of their dresses and putting a black and white print on top of a bold orange as seen in the sports bra styled crop top above. They take the idea of color blocking a step farther, but this type should really be considered pattern blocking with black and white prints arranged in geometrical manners. Overall the foliage covered button ups, structured dresses, and jump suits work in a simplistic understated way.
3. Ann Taylor
Normally I don’t shop at Ann Taylor because I find their clothes to be too preppy for my style, however I have to say with the palm print trend they are the perfect medium between minimalism and pattern, tailored, and flowy. The patterns are muted and abstract, some of them almost reminiscent of stripes. This works beautifully on their webpage where they line up their tropical goods with nautical stripes or pieces featuring lace cut outs. Despite dark tones sticking to army greens, sandy browns, and eggshell the clothes look summery and cabana ready. I can just image slipping into one of their linen and cotton mix garments with a wide brim hat and wedges.
Although their are a variety of takes on the tropical print, my favorite has to be the classic banana leaf that been found on wallpaper for years. For more house decor porn check it out here. I love the way this seemingly dated wallpaper has taken a new life on many bloggers Instagram.
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