Life is a Catwalk: Search for your prints charming

Llustration for Life is a Catwalk by Lizzie Bailes
Llustration for Life is a Catwalk by Lizzie Bailes

NOTHING says ‘summer’ like a bold floral print, which is why every year, without fail, they appear – but this summer it isn’t just the flowers that are out to play.

Perhaps some of fashion’s biggest names were watching a lot of kids’ TV or drinking a lot of sugary drinks when they designed their summer 2011 collections, because the eye-watering coloured graphic prints are so infectiously jolly – they could make even Mr Grumpy smile.

Two of the most fun have to be Prada’s crazy banana print, or Louis Vutton’s bold giraffe print which adorned the back of a top and looked back at fashion’s front row with a nonchalant stare.

They were all at it, from the Alexander McQueen butterfly creation that looked like the model had been covered in the real thing, to Stella McCartney’s unmistakable citrus fruit print that has been closely replicated across the high street.

As loud as these prints may be, you’ve got to admit, they are pretty fun. The best thing about a print is anyone can wear one.

Feeling brave? Go for an all-over print in a bright colour.

Feeling cheeky? Go for a quirky print on just the top or bottom – depending on where you’d rather have attention drawn to.

A little shyer? A printed handbag, scarf, shoes or even sunglasses are a good way to work the trend into your current wardrobe.

I love the more unusual prints – a zebra print blouse has caught my eye – but I have to make sure I don’t wear it with any other prints, more animals, and I’ll look like a walking zoo.

Different prints suit different people, Style editor, Sue, revealed that although she loves big floral prints, they don’t suit her curves as they make her look ‘like a sofa’.

The best way to see whether a print suits is, of course, to try it on – and take an honest and trusted friend.

To see Alex’s top selection of prints from the high street, pick up a copy of the June issue of Style.