Summer’s 20 Most Original Prints

This summer it's anything goes in regards to patterns and prints. These silhouettes range from watercolor florals to geometric studies, with a dash of splatter and splotch.

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Tory Burch
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Creatures of Comfort
At least one arm will stay cool in this cotton top with deep green brush stroke patterning. Wear it as a blouse under a blazer in the office, then rock the full-on asymmetric look after hours. A Detacher Tomasina Top, on sale $184 at Creatures of Comfort.
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La Garçonne
This bustier style watercolor floral dress in ‘tis-the-season hues has a structured bodice that melts into a swingy skirt. Opening Ceremony Flared Floral Dress, $564 at La Garçonne.
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Opening Ceremony
A unique cut of short with side pleats and three tiers of gathered ruffles in a flesh-toned amoeba print ensures you’re not to be mistaken for a khaki kinda gal. Opening Ceremony Side Pleat Short, $370 at Opening Ceremony.
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Shopbop.com
Print pants can come off a bit frump, but this slouchy and sheer multicolored style is so right now. Acne Contact Stoned Pants, on sale $223.30 at Shopbop.com
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Net-a-Porter
The floral print of this breezy, off-the-shoulder silk romper with scallop-edged hem is reminiscent of an English garden party. Zimmermann Chelsea Scallop Jumpsuit, $300 at Net-a-Porter.
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Stuart & Wright
Brooklyn local Mina Stone throws well-colored splotches on this pull-on elastic waistband silk skirt that hits just above the knee, for occasions when a mini is just too much. Mina Stone Pelagia Black Splot Skirt on sale, $194 at Stuart & Wright.
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Creatures of Comfort
The ultimate desk-to-dinner dress. The silk, printed with a stone pattern in grays and taupe with a touch of maize, has a touch of Lycra give. And the peek-a-boo cut-out at the back adds sex appeal for evening, though we’d cover up with a cardi by day. Zero Maria Cornejo Mara Dress, $626 at Creatures of Comfort.
9/21
Creatures of Comfort
Pretty pastels are hardly prissy in the Gauguin-inspired scene of this breezy, easy-to-wear cotton voile top with Dolman-style sleeves Zucca Tahiti Print Tunic Top, on sale $255 at Creatures of Comfort.
10/21
Oak NYC
South Korea designer Hong Eun Ju plays with the geometric complexities of the cube in basc black and white in this one-size-fits-all summer shift. Enzuvan CM Cube Black & White Ikat Print Shift, $178 at Oak NYC.
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Net-a-Porter
When pale colors and flimsy florals just won’t do, go bold with these cockatoo print, woven-cotton shorts. Tibi Cockatoo Printed Cotton Shorts, $200 at Net-a-Porter.
12/21
Creatures of Comfort
You’re so not a Juicy girl. Then try these fierce sweatpants with vibrant architectural motif. Nobody will dare replicate your look. Perks and Mini Ms. Duplo Jacquard Pants, on sale $137.20 at Creatures of Comfort.
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La Garçonne
This underwire bustier dress with circle skirt in sawtooth printed silk is from the Rachel Comey archives, though works with the coastal Maine aesthetic she showed for spring/summer. Rachel Comey Stinger Dress, $437 at La Garçonne.
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La Garçonne
This cowl neck silk top with techno slashes of acid green and hi-def blue has a silhouette suited for summer and a color palette that will punch up an otherwise black fall ensemble. Zero + Maria Cornejo Kala Top, $412 at La Garçonne.
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Net-a-Porter
Anna Sui adds a feminine cascading ruffle down the front of this silk-chiffon, tulip-print piece, but plenty of black keeps it from being too girly. Anna Sui Tulip-Print Dress, $425 at Net-a-Porter.
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Creatures of Comfort
Indie darling Mandy Coon conjures a fierce-looking but heat-friendly feline print top in featherweight silk and flowing silhouette. Mandy Coon Silk Tiger Top, on sale $218 at Assembly New York.
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La Garçonne
Suit up in this snap down ruched dress with spaghetti straps in a blue and gray puddle drop print that’s almost reminiscent of a leopard print. Rachel Comey St. Vincent Dress, $403 at La Garçonne.
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Honey In The Rough
London based creative team Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto create textiles that are based in ‘60s sensibilities. This print on this trapeze dress – a silhouette that’s refreshingly simple for summer – hints at Marimekko. Eley Kishimoto Dungeness Dress, on sale $476 at Honey in the Rough.
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Aloha Rag
Danish designer Henrik Vibskov does an offbeat, strapless jumpsuit with a bird motif, in silk. Henrik Vibskov Jumpsuit, on sale $276.50 at Aloha Rag.
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Tory Burch
This bright, summery print would actually look perfect for fall paired with dark black tights and a striped shirt like the one shown here. (Tory Burch, $496 at toryburch.com.)
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Net-a-Porter
Designer Amy Smilovic is as exuberant as ever with this exotic burst of swirly watercolor brushstrokes. Tibi Belize Printed Silk Tunic, $350 at Net-a-Porter.
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