Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pretty in Prints

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pretty in Prints

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When it comes to spring fashion, colorful prints and patterns are blanketing stores like wildflowers blooming in an open field.

This bold approach is a breath of fresh April air after seasons when color-blocking, punctuated with pops of neon, dominated the scene. These looks are lingering, but designers are stretching their creativity with clothes and accessories that capture the whimsy and color spectrum of spring.

Want to partake in the pattern palooza? Here are some tips for the fashion-forward and the style-shy alike ...

Popular prints

At New York Fashion Week, designers' inspiration for spring collections included everything from the beauty of Mother Nature to faraway lands such as India and the French Riviera. Prints for the season are just as varied and range from faces, flowers, fruits, watercolors and intricate geometrics to fresh interpretations of old standbys such as polka dots, pinstripes and paisleys.

Patterned looks for the bold

Head-to-toe prints are nothing new. Suits in subtle stripes have long been a staple of a working woman's wardrobe. There was even a song penned about one piece of warm-weather print apparel: the itsy bitsy, teeny weeny yellow polka-dot bikini. But designers are amping up their approaches to these wallpaper prints. Take the power suit. Trade in the pinstriped pants and jacket for pieces covered in flowers. Or try a maxi or button-down shirt dress in spirals, zig- zags, polka dots or graphic prints.

More subtle styles

For the understated dresser, look for prints in softer shades (watercolors and pastels are good options). Also, stick with more traditional shapes and florals, the simpler the better. Skip the dizzying doses of dots for larger designs that allow for more space between them.

Mixing and matching

Want to combine multiple patterns within a single look? …

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