Patterns, Prints, And General Pickiness
Funny you should ask. I thought about this for a long time. For the most part, prints make us nervous. By definition, prints have something going on. Which might lead inexorably to attracting attention. Which might cause terrible shame at having Put Oneself Forward. But let's assume that psychoanalytic tradition has inspired the modern High WASP to break out. Get a little bit wild.
Extensive analysis reveals that we dress in shirts that look like men's ties. However, the answer to why this should be so is less apparent. I can only offer the facts.
Grandes Dames will wear paisley.
Or a foulard. In silk satin, or cotton voile. Bien sur. Prints make us want to speak French. I don't know why.
A Sturdy Gal loves your pin dot.
While the Artsy Cousin infinitely prefers prints from other countries. Africa, for example. But no one wears batik anymore. The 70's killed it.
And everyone will don the occasional cheerful floral, within limits. Liberty of London is a favorite. (They make little bitty suitcases, oh my god). Liberty patterns are now available, of course, on a few Target items. For clothing, judicious mix of proportion and color is required. This below might be pushing the boundaries but I just couldn't resist. It's spring, after all.
Finally, when on vacation and feeling quite giddy with sun and extra alcohol, we might wear Lilly Pulitzer. I'd love a pair of these pants, to wear with a too-tight white tank, some large sunglasses, and a hangover. Did you know that her "Pulitzer" comes from the same family that endowed the eponymous literary prize?
Or possibly, for men, a Hawaiian-patterned bathing suit.
By the way, it turns out that fabric sites are a great way to amuse oneself. All those colors. All those shapes. Highly recommended for procrastination, if you're in the market.
Paisley, Layout Sparks
Pindot, Warehouse Fabrics
Floral, Purl Soho
African, Unique Spool
Lilly Pulitzer, as herself
Hawaiian, Aloha Outlet
*With thanks to DocP for the suggestion to post on this topic.
** With thanks to Lauren, I had put up an ikat print for the Artsy Cousin, and it's not a print, it's woven. Here's the link anyway. Ikat is gorgeous. Ikat, Marla Mallet