How To Wear Zig Zag Prints for Summer 2023 (Or Whenever You Want)! 

If you love stripes — pinstripes, classic Breton tops, and similar pieces (those of you who have never met a striped top you didn’t like, you know who you are) — but are looking for ways to liven things up, then you might want to consider changing direction. Or more literally, zigging and zagging with a wavy stripe or zig zag print.

How To Wear Zig Zag Prints

Everyone probably recognizes the Missoni zig zag knits (even if they don’t know the name or the origin of this iconic motif), but there are lots of ways to do zig zags or chevrons that don’t require shelling out for the label or wearing wavy stripes head-to-toe. Here’s how to wear zig zag prints for summer 2023.

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BCBGeneration Women’s Zigzag Lace Sheath Dress, $53

Zig Zag Knit Dresses

A zig zag print dress definitely draws the eye  — it’s not a look for the faint of heart. This BCBG Generation dress is a bit more subtle than most options with a soft taupe and ivory print.


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Shoshannna Simone Flutter-Sleeve Chevron Midi Dress, now $171

Or you could go all-in with something like this cap-sleeve a-line dress from Shoshanna.

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Wander Agio Beach Swimsuit Coverup, $24.99

Not quite ready to do a full-on zig zag dress? Try picking up a cheap and chic swimsuit cover-up to wear on vacation, like this one from Wander Agio via Amazon.

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Free People Ocean Waves Cardi, $178

Zig Zag Tops

It’s a little easier to wear than a full-on zig zag dress, a printed chevron or zig zag striped top or sweater can be a fun piece to mix into your closet, like this open knit cardigan sweater from Free People.

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Missoni Printed Twill Espadrilles, $380

Zig Zag Shoes

A zig zag print works as well on an espadrille as it does on a sneaker. These MIssoni espadrilles are splurge-worthy and the print is a modern classic. You’ll be able to wear them every summer or on every beach vacation for years.

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ASOS South Beach Woven Summer Crossbody Clutch Bag in Blue, $21

Zig Zag Bags

Doing wavy stripes or chevron print on a tote or sack bag is simple and these prints can be surprisingly versatile, especially for summer. For example, this colorful South Beach bag from ASOS would brighten up even the simplest outfit. 

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Missoni Chevron Print Silk Scarf, Was $280, Now $76.49

Zig Zag Print Scarves

If you love the prints but only in small doses, then try a scarf. Throw it over a simple jacket or chambray top or tie it around your handbag for a pop of fun. This Missoni scarf is a perfect option for a fraction of the original cost.

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By Adina Eden Pave Zig Zag Ring, $48

Zig Zag Jewelry

Perfect for fans of statement jewelry, you can find pieces that zig and zag a little, such as this stacking ring from Adina Eden. Go subtle with one, or make a statement with a whole stack.

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Happycare Textiles Multi-Color Chevron Pattern Decorative Throw, $32

Zig Zag Linens

If you love the print but aren’t quite thrilled at the idea of wearing wavy lines, then there are tons of linens and home goods that incorporate the print, like this throw from Happycare Textiles. It’s a great way to bring visual interest into a more neutral palette or room, or mix zig zags with florals, regular stripes, polkas, or other abstract prints.

Mixing Other Prints with Zig Zags

One thing about zig zag prints is that they play well with others, so if you are into pattern mixing you can have a field day. Just make sure there is a common color thread woven through the patterns and the proportions play well together (typically, one larger or bolder print paired with a smaller or finer pattern works well).  

Shop Zig Zag Fashion

Do you love zig zag prints? Or chevron prints or wavy stripes? Or do you think they are a bit much? Would you wear a classic Missoni zig zag dress or top or do you prefer a more subtle way to incorporate the print into your life, such as a scarf or maybe a throw pillow? Let us know in the comments or in our Growing Younger Facebook group! 

– Jacqueline Zenn

You may like to read more of Jacqui’s Styling posts like 7 Chic Casual Summer Shoes (That Aren’t Sandals or Sneakers) and The Essential Summer Dress (And Why You Need One).

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