By Avery Matera, Glamour
Midway through the month of January, our wardrobes could certainly use a little pick-me-up. And what better way to breathe some life into our black-and-grey outfits than some bright and bold prints?
Lucky for us, the most recent pre-fall collections were full of graphic patterns galore, and this season takes them to a whole new level--from multi-tone polka dots to blown-out plaids; ditsy florals and graphic leopard. Whether you're rocking them head-to-toe, like these fashion-loving ladies below, or mixing them into your wardrobe one piece at a time, check out the prints you need to try right now.
Instead of the clean lines of gingham, tartan, and the like, try a more blown-out twist on the trend this year. This '90s-inspired print brings with it memories of grunge, but looks equally great when applied to tailored silhouettes like dresses and coats.
Minimize your blooms this season and opt for tiny ditsy florals. While it's a given that feminine styles like skirts and dresses look awesome in a Liberty print, try the pattern with sportier shapes, like bomber jackets and even sneakers.
Don't hold back when it comes to animal prints in 2016. Pick a statement piece, like a mid-length coat, and choose one in a strong graphic pattern. It's a head-turner, for sure, but if you're going to do it, do it.
Polka dots are back for 2016, and they are much more polished than in years past--slightly larger in scale than an understated pin-dot, but not quite that oversized (a good rule-of-thumb is to match the size of a quarter). Seek the print for weekend or eveningwear!
When it comes to stripes this year, go for color. Daunting as it may sound, a classic pattern like graphic stripes are an easy way to mix brighter hues into your wardrobe without feeling over the top.
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