Fashion Forecast: The Biggest Print Trends of 2019

Buyers From Italy’s Best Boutiques Weigh In

The temperatures are still high and the days are still long, but we can’t deny that summer is coming to what feels like a rapid close. There’s a sudden sense of urgency to seize every opportunity for fun.

As you savor the last few weeks of pool parties, weekend getaways, and rooftop cocktails, don’t forget it’s also time to start building your fall wardrobe. To help you get started, we tapped into the pool of buyers from our partner boutiques—who happen to be some of the most in-the-know sources for luxury fashion in Italy.

Our buyers are hot on prints as a must-wear for the coming Fall/Winter fashion season and have shared what print trends for 2019 to watch for.  

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Inspired by back-to-school style, plaid is typically an indicator of a return to more serious dressing. This season’s iterations are more edgy and cool than school-girl sweet. The Armani house—from Giorgio Armani to Emporio Armani—offers sheer plaid skirts embellished with sequins, delicate checked tweeds with frayed ruffles, and large checks in intense neons.

Meanwhile, Proenza Schouler’s tie-dye stripes are placed to create check patterns. And you can’t discuss plaids without thinking of Burberry. This season, the label’s iconic checks are emblazoned with the brand name, extending logomania to yet another season. The way to wear the look now? Mix checks, plaids, and tartans of different sizes in complementing colors.

Push the petals

Botanical inspirations for spring are typical, but for fall, they take on a new level of freshness—especially in the case of Prada’s apple-green leather skirt, which is embellished with a large painterly rose. Then, there are the dark, moody florals that add an extra dose of romance to this season.

Dolce & Gabbana’s sheer blouses in dusty rose prove a versatile option for softening jeans and boots. Also, in terms of print trends for 2019, fashion editors and street style stars have proclaimed that this season’s IT item is the floral dress. It would be wise to stock up on flowered frocks from designers like Zimmermann and Valentino. And for an eye-catching night out, consider metallic florals, like those from Ganni.

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According to our buyers, flower power will continue to be a top trend.

Stay wild

Animal prints ruled summer 2019, and they continue to prowl the runways and sidewalks heading into the end of the year. For fall, they’re newly translated in deconstructed monotone, a la Self-Portrait. They’re also adorning fedoras and other accessories, so it’s easier to add a wild touch to an otherwise subdued outfit.

As if leopard print doesn’t already command attention, Saint Laurent has rendered it in luxe, impossible-to-miss metallics. In the Mood for Love does the same with zebra prints, which also appear in neon and jewel tones this season.

Print trends of 2019: Mix them up

The boldest way to wear the biggest print trends of 2019 this season is to mix them up. For an easy entry to bold mixing, try a plaid cowboy shirt with a floral yoke, or a leopard print sweater with floral sleeves.

If you’re feeling fearless, wear a floral dress with leopard shoes, plaid pants with a floral top, or carry a floral print bag when out cavorting in a zebra print suit. Italist has so many designer options in this season’s favorite prints that mixing and matching can be fun and easy.

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The biggest fashion trends of 2019 include fun, geometric shapes and animal prints.

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By: Nafeesa Saboor

Nafeesa is the founder and editor of Shoes N Booze, a blog that pairs shoes with cocktails and provides shoe and cocktail-related tips, trend information and reviews. Her writing has also been published in The Source Magazine, xoJane, Sisters from AARP and other publications.