Spring Forward Fashion: Bold Prints

The Look: Free People (left); The Inspiration: S/S'12 Etro

Spice up your wardrobe with one of spring’s many patterns.

Get out of the monochromatic mode and start wearing prints!  This season designers went print crazy; now it’s your turn to figure out what prints work best for your personality and body type.  Be bold, try new things, and don’t be scared to put prints together and mix it up!

Digital Print

The Look: H&M (left); The Inspiration: S/S’12 Dries Van Noten

Futuristic metallic pieces have had their time in the fashion world.  Now designers are giving garments a modern twist with digital imaging.  Some of the digital images include nature scenes, cityscapes, animals and computer pixels.  If you are excited about this trend choose a bright colored digital print, or if hesitant, chose a natural print like this digital floral H&M top in subdued tones.

H&M Top | $39.95 | Available at H&M

Mirror Print

The Look: Free People (left); The Inspiration: S/S'12 Etro

Mirror prints are making there way to stores now!  These prints can be found in floral, digital and retro designs all in symmetrical locations on the garment; creating a streamlined look for the body.  This dress by Free People is a digitally inspired mirror print that also happens to embrace the neon trend for spring!

Easy Button Down Tank Dress | $288 | Available at Free People

Bird Print

The Look: Anthropologie (left); The Inspiration: S/S'12 Kenzo

Birds were seen on almost all the runways this season.  Bird prints include exotic birds, cartoon birds and bird silhouettes in faint and vibrant colors.  Anthropologie’s Henga Shirtdress is decorated with vibrant colored parrots and foliage in a lightweight material – a perfect addition to your spring wardrobe

Henga Shirtdress | $168 | Available at Anthropologie

Ocean Print

The Look: Staring at Stars (left); The Inspiration: Peter Pilotto

This season many models looked like mermaids in flowy ocean like gowns adorned with seashells and starfish!  Embrace your inner mermaid and wear garments that have mermaid-esque prints or are dyed/printed to look like the sea.  This dress by Staring at Stars is made of flowy cotton and nylon, and incorporates different shades of blue throughout the skirt to mimic the movement of waves.

Staring at Stars Blue Haze Dress | $75 | Available at Urban Outfitters