Pattern Dress

ESSENCE.COM Feb, 17, 2010


This spring expect to see an abundance of bold, vivid print dresses that will no doubt wake you out of your dreary one hue slumber. With winter coming to a close, multi-color graphic prints and impressionistic blooming patterns will serve as a much needed optimistic antidote to all the LBDs we’ve been accustomed to this winter. Pulling of this punchy trend is possible for all women, which is another reason we’re really into this trend. Who doesn’t look and feel beautiful in lively patterns? Some things to keep in mind before you plunge into this trend are obviously the fit and shape of the dress. You can throw a Van Gogh on a dress, but if doesn’t fit right, it just won’t work. Find a silhouette you already love and get it in a striking pattern-the bolder, the better! The best part? You don’t have to wait a couple of more months to show off this look. In fact, pairing tights and platform booties or knee-high boots with a short print dress is a cheeky contrasts. It creates a strong visual look that’s both feminine and cool.
We’re sure there are some of you who suffer from print phobia, but we promise after taking a look at some of our favorites stars rocking the trend, you’ll be a convert!

Kerry Washington mixes prints and textures to create a boho-luxe look.

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Amber Rose is glowing in a form-fitting, ocean print dress by Project Runway alum Christian Siriano.

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Amerie is one step ahead of the fashion pack rocking two key looks in one : maxi dress and exuberant prints.

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Michelle Williams isn’t waiting till it’s sunny to wear her flower print dress. By pairing it with black stockings, a cropped khaki trench and long leather gloves, the singer ensures that her ensemble works in the cold months.

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Take a cue from Kelly Rowland and pair clashing prints for a unexpected twist.Her Rachel Roy dress’s contrasting patterns work since they both share the same hues.

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Alicia Keys is easy, breezy cool in a tribal print, empire-waist dress.

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Fashion ingenue Keke Palmer radiates in a soft abstract BCBG sheath dress with cap sleeves.

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Let us count the ways in which we love Rashida Jones’s dress. There’s the silhouette, the draped shoulders, the cinched in waist line, the length and, of course, the amazingly pretty print.

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Yellow is definitely Jill Scott’s color.This ethereal dress falls effortlessly on her frame.

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A statuesque Garcelle Beauvais is spring ready in an elegant, long, asymmetrical dress with oversize flowers.

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Zoe Saldana’s Louis Vuitton ikat print dress steals the show.

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Boho queen Nicole Ritchie is known for her penchant for fabulous trippy prints.

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This one shoulder dress is made even more spectacular in a floral pattern.

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Erykah makes a bold statement in the season-less animal print.

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Venus Williams is the epitome of summer dressing in a dreamy, polka-dot printed, caftan dress.


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