Nothing says summer like an easy, breezy printed skirt. We know, we know, fall and even winter has come with some amazing skirts, in leather, knit and printed too. Skirts even saved us on the long stretch of winter, when the thought of wearing our jeans one more time was just too much to bear (a big thank you to Charlotte Olympia for inventing the stocking boot by the way, so clever!).
But really, it’s too hard to separate the thought of packing for your summer break and brightly coloured or pastel-hued printed skirts. They go together like gelato and espadrilles. A check skirt indulges all our Bardot-whilst-filming-Le-Mépris fantasies. It also makes a good case for Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and any other movie star who wandered down the la Croisette or up the steps of Casa Malaparte. It’s not all ‘50s references when check skirts walk the runway – who didn't want to dress like Cher from Clueless at least once in their life? Pink checked miniskirt? Miu Miu got your call, and on a flip phone no doubt. Apparently nobody heard our wishes for that digital-outfit-creating wardrobe though? We'll keep waiting.
Dress printed skirt like you mean it
Fun fantasies aside, the printed skirt has a fashion legacy. You couldn't mention print without discussing Etro, a family who breathes that Italian textile flair into every collection since they started in the sixties. Much like Pucci, printed silks are the backbone of the luxury house's identity. Etro often use earth-toned prints in intricate detail, an overall look that hints at a bohemian musician or an art nouveau painting. Their long printed skirts make for a chic evening option, a bit of poolside glamour or a lovely companion on a weekend in Marrakech. Wear with standout from Aquazzura and your hair in a tousled bun. This long heritage of Etro's favoured print design gives us reassuring evidence that a good print will always be a classic, no matter how bold. Striped skirts, also timeless, are being reinvented this season with clashing themes and bright colours. A black and white striped skirt might be safe, but why not try black against yellow, pink or aqua? If we've learned anything from street-style stars like Leandra Medine or Anna Dello Russo, it’s that no longer do you need to tone down a print, or add a basic white t-shirt to a loud design. Balance is something of an outdated concept when it comes to styling prints. Do what feels good! Wear a striped skirt with a floral top! Labels like Marni have built a huge fan base on this very idea.
If sexy is more your thing, then the print that screams Beverly Hills paparazzi scandal (in the best way of course) is animal print. It’s become the pseudo-staple for date nights and the go-to for wearing with cashmere and leather. If Dolce & Gabanna believe in it like a religion, why on earth would we not? If a leopard-print pencil skirt makes you happy, we say yes! Which we think summarises our morale to dressing in general. Fashion is meant to be fun, and what is more fun, what shows more frivolity, what stands out on the racks or in a crowd better? We think you know the answer to that. This summer take on a new character for the day, eat gelato with espadrilles, whatever you do, just make sure you pack one of those fabulous printed skirts.