The spring and summer of 2012 have seen a profusion of print dresses, with playful, brightly coloured and floral themes predominating. Worn with severely tailored blazers in this season’s pretty as a picture pastel colours, they can bring sunshine into the greyest day. Amongst the roses and the flamboyant tropical colours splashed across 1940s style midi dresses worn with wide patent leather belts, or the softer shades for evening, embellished with sequins and silver braid, the most popular prints are :
Floral, sometimes beautifully detailed, and sometimes exuberant and more abstract splashes of colour. Next UK have an evening maxi dress which captures the look, with a background of a deep maroon, and sprays of moss roses in pale pinks, whites and the softest greens on the foreground. Worn very simply, with a plain self-coloured or buff suede belt, the focus is on the print and the cut of the dress. The versatility of this season’s maxi dresses makes them equally suitable for informal day wear strolling in the sunshine, or worn to an evening reception with a crystal necklace to add a touch of glamour.
Animal prints – designers have added a touch of humour to many of the animal prints seen on this season’s dresses and tops. A favourite is a strapless snakeskin print dress with floating skirt, and hem dipping gracefully into a maxi length train behind. Variations on the animal theme have seen zebras galloping across the veldt on a straight cut cotton mini dress; leopard-skin T-shirts, and a tunic decorated with a pink flamingo perched on its nest amid a flurry of pastel twigs.
Butterflies – of every colour and design, they flutter in small prints across elegant jersey dresses, spread their wings in bold splashes of contrasting colour on eye-catching sun dresses, and appear to be touched with gold as they fly across an exquisite white evening dress. A favourite butterfly print dress is a semi-transparent ruffle hem mini in dark grey with a cream butterfly print worn over a jersey top and black leggings.
Prints extend to shoes and accessories, with a deliberate play on contrasting rather than matching designs. Teaming a floral clutch bag with a vivid geometric print dress, or a delicate pastel print on ballerina shoes with an animal print tunic is what the 2012 look is all about.