Spring Summer 2012 Trend: Catwalk Queen Shows Us How To Wear Bold Prints

10 May 2012 by

Catwalk Queen's Shopping Picks

Spring Summer 2012 Trend: Catwalk Queen Shows Us How To Wear Bold Prints

Our Shopping Editor extraordinaire Kate has picked out some of her favourite prints available online now so you can give the trend a try. So clockwise from left...

Multi floral print dress, Dorothy Perkins, £48 www.dorothyperkins.com

Printed silk jacket, Reiss, £425 www.reissonline.com

Water print bodycon dress, Miss Selfridge, £42 www.missselfridge.com

Co-ord poppy print pyjama jacket, Topshop, £50 www.topshop.com

Fish tank print tank by Tee and Cake, Topshop, £25 www.topshop.com

GALLERY >> How to get print-tastic!

I always think it’s a bit of a joke to call prints a ‘trend’. Surely an entire form of decoration can’t be a fad? It’s not like next season we’ll be wearing nothing but plain block colours (I’m sure a polka dot or two will sneak through). But it is true that Spring / Summer is particularly print-heavy when it comes to clothing, with a confusing ‘anything goes’ approach to the look. It’s no longer just about florals, spots, stripes and swirls. This season clothes have been strewn with everything from cars to vegetables (often at the same time) and if your look is usually quite pared-down, it’s not exactly an easy one to get to grips with.

Luckily, as ever, team Catwalk Queen ([a target="_blank" href="http://www.catwalkqueen.tv/">www.catwalkqueen.tv[/a]) have done the hard work for you, testing out the trend to see how it works for different styles and body types. Take a look how we got on by clicking through the gallery above...


H&M’s floral printed trousers (a bargain at [a target="_blank" href="http://www.hm.com/gb/product/97495?article=97495-F#article=97495-H">£12.99[/a]) have been one of the hits of the high street this season, but they can be tricky to wear as they’re cut quite slim on the leg. The trick is in keeping everything else really simple and slightly slouchy to offset the fitted shape. Here Kate gives them a go with a cream blouse from M&S and Primark sunglasses, rain-proofing the cropped cut by adding black ankle boots.


Jess is always the team member most willing to take a trend to the extremes, so I challenged her with doubling up her prints. The key to making a print-on-print outfit work lies in keeping at least one element similar so there’s at least a tiny bit of cohesion (in this look it’s the black base colour in both the Primark blazer and Holly Fulton skirt). Kudos to Jess for also working in a bralet. She’s a braver woman than me!


My look took on the ‘under the sea’ trend with what I’ve named the fishbowl dress, a killer find for £17 in Primark. It’s not exactly a subtle print but even if I only wear it a few times this Summer it’ll be worth it, I love a fun print! To make it work for daytime I added a black Supertrash jacket, black tights and shoes from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa. For the evening I’d go for platform sandals and a scruffy updo – a dress like this needs no accessories!


Hannah doubled up her trends by nodding to the season’s pastel obsession with a dress from Urban Outfitters ‘Renewal’ range, teamed with pale tights, brogues, a metallic belt and her “Rita Ora earrings.” As a fellow pale-skinned girl, I never would have touched white tights, but she’s almost persuaded me…


Abi took on swirly prints in a vintage Diane Von Furstenberg dress found in London boutique Bang Bang. The print gives the dress a textured look but it’s actually very light and airy. The joy of a printed dress is that all the hard work is done for you – you don’t need to work out what to pair together and the finished look is always striking. All Abi needed to add was M&S heels and a smile!


Finally, our beauty editor Steph (who, I’m afraid, cannot be parted from those Kurt Geiger ankle boots) showed us how to stop floral prints from looking twee, teaming a rise and fall skirt from Zara ([a target="_blank" href="http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/uk/en/zara-S2012/189504/715073/ASYMMETRIC%2BPRINTED%2BSKIRT">£29.99[/a]) with a grey tee, brown belt and thick tights. Who knew we’d still be wrapping up this much in May? I was expecting sandals and sundresses by now.


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