Print – High Street style – fashion Trends 2008

With the catwalks full of weird and wonderful prints of every incarnation the high street was quick to follow producing some key trends, from the art school inspired paint splashes we saw in Paris, to the naughties latest take on tie-dye seen everywhere from New York to London.
The only rule to remember with print is a little bit goes a long way. Clashing prints is a real art form so stick with one you like and keep the rest of your outfit simple – with just a few key accessories. And of course try something new, print works for everyone because it’s about fabric not form.
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Multi colored paint splashes blazoned across everything are not going to flatter everyone, no matter how on trend they are. So nod to this season’s most fashion forward look in this black dress from Oasis, with delicate crayon scribbles in flattering monochrome tones. It’s so versatile it will work for all shapes and sizes. Layer a cardi over if you don’t want to expose your arms, or a fine knit underneath. Team with heels for a special occasion or cute ballet flats for day. This season it was all about the print, but with this gently tailored dress there is still some form flattering structure too
Highstreet print style
Highstreet print style

Tie die was one of the standout prints from the international collections and there is no escaping it this spring. However, this traditional seaside look can be hard to pull off for the office. If anything says summer city chic though, it’s this skirt from Warehouse. The length and shape will flatter any figure and can be dressed up or down depending on where you want to go. It works equally well with a vest or cardi for the weekend with a pair of flat sandals, as it will with a short jacket for the office. Just remember to keep everything else you team it with simple, in solid colours. Clashing tie-die prints is not the way to wear this trend.
Highstreet print style
Highstreet print style
This floral dress from Warehouse strikes the perfect hippy, 1970’s vibe for spring – without looking like something you would find at Glastonbury. Catwalk florals screamed flower power for 2008 but to make them work in off the runway, the addition of a solid colour waistcoat and waist defining belt keeps this dress looking smart and chic and just the right side of laid back without being grungy. The ankle length is also perfect for hiding winter-ravaged legs before they are summer ready. Team with flats if you are tall enough or wedges if you want some height.

Highstreet print style
Highstreet print style
Tribal and ethnic patterns were the most bohemian of all the prints we saw on the catwalk – and are best kept for the weekend this summer, when you can really do them justice. This versatile dress from Jaeger will carry you through from March – worn over jeans and boots as a tunic, right up to late summer when simply teamed with some gold sandals and a stack of wooden bangles it will be the perfect beach to cocktails summer holiday look. (It also looks super chic over lightweight wide leg summer trousers if you don’t want to go short off the beach). Tribal looks call for bold accessories too, so layer on beads, bangles, headbands and a great pair of gladiator sandals

Highstreet print style

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3 responses to “Print – High Street style – fashion Trends 2008

  1. fashiontrendsoftheday

    Gorgeous, full-dress & inspirational!

  2. We often think of prints for Spring and Summer, but these examples can and should be worn right into Fall. Especially the earthy hues in the tribal and ethnic prints. As mentioned, with the right accessories they can be worn to work, as long as it is on the casual side, or on the weekend. Great examples of where print is going!

  3. beautiful summer dress collection. I love your models, they are gorgeous!

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