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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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