If you’re a lover of simple black-and-white outfits, patterns may feel a little bit out of your wheelhouse. True, those shades are classic and polished—but patterns can be, too. There are tons of great prints out there that you can incorporate into your closet without feeling like you have to alter your personal style. Spring design patterns are easier to master than you think. If you’re a pattern novice, start by searching for prints in the colors you already love and wear so they blend perfectly with your wardrobe.
Prints can be worn on their own or mixed. If you choose to mix, choose two patterns in a similar size and color and keep the rest of the outfit simple. Whether you stick strictly to a black-and-white color story or reach for warm tones like red, pink, and orange, there’s a way for you to work patterns into your spring closet. Check out these four patterns to consider adding to your wardrobe this season.
1. Dark Floral
While this pattern choice may seem like an obvious one for spring, the beauty of floral print lies in how it resurfaces each year with a very different feeling. This spring, it’s all about a darker floral that makes for a seamless transition out of cold-weather clothing.
Wear this floral-print dress with a leather jacket on chilly days or slip into your favorite open-toe sandals when the May flowers peek through.
Plaid is a classic pattern that will instantly elevate your outfit, especially when you select a statement piece to show off the print. A plaid trench coat will add some personality to your look, especially when you pair it with pieces that you regularly wear to work.
Keep the rest of the outfit simple by wearing the jacket with a little black dress, or add some pizzazz by selecting a bright color to accessorize with, making the plaid pattern stand out even more.
3. Polka Dots
Polka dots are equally ladylike and playful, making them one of the best spring design patterns to include in your spring closet. When done in black and white, they feel very modern, and these polka dot straight crop pants are no exception. A black turtleneck sweater will let the polka dots shine and acts as the perfect complement to this pattern. Or, if your style is more sophisticated, a simple blouse and a sleek blazer will elevate the pattern.
4. Animal Print
Shopping for animal print can be a little bit tricky, but if you find the right one for your wardrobe, it can transform an ordinary outfit into something special. Take this sleeveless blouse for instance: the silhouette is sophisticated and tailored, making the print stand out without going overboard.
For a city chic look, pair this print with neutral trousers. If you want to add some color, consider a warm-toned jacket, such as rust or burgundy, for the perfect ensemble to usher in spring.
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