Dec 04, 2012 04:06
by Nicola West
Bold and punchy tropical prints are shaping up to be one of the hottest trends this summer - but step away from the fruit hat Carmen Miranda, this season it's all about dreamy, island-inspired florals... That's right, there's not a pineapple in sight.
From Bianca Spender's decadently dark leaf print gown, to Zimmermann's feminine and flirty hibiscus-adorned skirt, as well as Shakuhachi's modern take on the Hawaiian shirt, Aussie designers are certainly putting their own spin on this stellar summer trend.
The best part? There's a style to suit even the most discerning fashionista's taste.
Sleek, simple silhouettes such as Leona Edmiston's maxi dress help downplay OTT prints and ensure a classic and sophisticated look.
For a bolder style, go all out with head-to-toe prints in bright hues like Therese Rawsthorne's shirt and shorts combo, or stand out from the crowd and follow Country Road's cue by mixing and matching tropical prints.
Too scared to clash prints? Tropical separates like Cocolatte and Maurie & Eve's printed pants look effortless, yet chic when paired with simple tops in complementary hues - just remember to keep the accessories to a bare minimum, you want the print to be the star of the ensemble.
Of course this trend has its roots in resort wear, so why not make the most of it with Seafolly's ultra-flattering and super practical wrap. The perfect poolside piece, the frangipani and palm frond printed wrap can be worn as either a dress or a skirt, making it a must have for your next holiday.
Be sure to check out our top picks of the best locally designed tropical looks. They're all available online, right now - So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!