Crazy for Paisley: 3 Ways to Perfect Wearing Swirl and Curl Prints

Style / April 25, 2012

Crazy For Paisley

From left to right: Jil Sander S/S 12, Emilio Pucci S/S 12, Stella McCartney S/S 12

You may consider the paisley print to have an aristocratic, British and slightly eccentric connotation, but for spring and summer, you can now add the phrases ‘on trend’ and ‘reinvented’ to that list.

The Indian heritage print of swirling and curling shapes finds new style with an infinite capacity to create many versatile, interesting looks with its signature exotic, rich floral patterns.

To work a perfect paisley look, pick a clean and graphic, paisley-printed cotton day dress – as seen at Jil Sander – or wear yours emblazoned on traditional pyjama pieces, like the ones worn on Stella McCartney and JW Anderson runways.

Another option that we love is wearing the print splashed across a bohemian, billowing skirt, like at Emilio Pucci, or go all out modern taking a cue from Etro, where paisley prints were emblazoned and enlarged on pieces.

For these three looks below, we chose a silky pyjama-style, relaxed blazer by Balmain, a boho jumpsuit by Thakoon, as well as a more modern shaped dress by Etro.

Team these striking garments with modern, chunky jewelry and with ultra bold accessories to add edge to the versatile design motif.


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Thakoon Paisley Racerback Jumpsuit

Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Ocean Park Necklace

House of Harlow 1960 ‘Hayden’ Fringe Clutch

Dolce Vita Cyprus


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Etro PAISLEY PRINT DRESS

Invitation clutch in cork

Wing High Sandals by Unique**

Kate Spade New York Make Waves Bangle


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Chloé CROPPED LINEN TROUSERS

Pierre Balmain paisley print jacket

Marni Suede platform sandals

Yves Saint Laurent Purefly gold-tone necklace


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Jenny McFarlane
Jenny McFarlane
Jenny McFarlane is currently obsessed with ASOS timed sale shopping, obsessively listening to the "Drive" soundtrack, and everything faux fur.




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