The 5 Best Summertime Patterns To Wear Right Now

Even those of us who are the most committed to neutrals (you know who you are) tend to flirt with patterns and color during the summer seasons. Which is why we’re rounding up five of the best summertime patterns for 2018.

Polka Dots

While polka dots never really go out of style in our opinion, they are definitely popular right now. And they are perfect for a playful summer look! Something like this summer-weight silk and cashmere sweater from MaxMara is foolproof for this summer with shorts and would work with black pants heading into fall.


Classic checks never go away, but gingham, especially in the black and white form, might be the key look of summer 2018. Get classic with something like this Eileen Fisher top (ideal with essentially any color of skinny crops) or go outside of the box with this 3.1 Philip Lim bomber.


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Not just for hippies anymore, tie-dye can be pretty sophisticated. Especially in a more subdued maxi dress format, like this long sleeve one from Fraiche by J. Keep it simple and limit yourself to only two shades to avoid looking like you lost your way from following what’s left of the Grateful Dead around the country.

Dark Florals

The ideal option for those of us who want something summery and feminine that’s not too sweet, tween or preppy is a floral print. And if you do it with sleek leggings like these from Terez, you’ll look ultra-modern. Add a sleek tank and you’re ready for July.

Abstract Logos

If it looks like it belongs on a wall at MOMA with a high fashion twist and that appeals to you, you just found the patterns to wear. This Valentino dress might be the perfect example of the look, but it’s happening on every level.


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Shop The Best Summertime Patterns and Prints

Max Mara Polka-dot Silk and Cashmere-blend Sweater, $595

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Gingham 3/4-Sleeve Top, $178

3.1 Phillip Lim Gingham Jacquard Bomber, $695

Fraiche by J Tie Dye Faux Wrap Maxi Dress, $99

Valentino Jacquard Dress, $2,790


What are your favorite prints and summer looks this year?

– Jacqueline Zenn

Get more fashion advice from Jacqui including What To Wear To Every Type Of Wedding and Sneaking Into Summer: Stylish Sneakers for Women Over 40.

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