FEMAIL picks out the best psychedlic prints for effortless style

FEMAIL picks out the best psychedlic prints for effortless style

What to wear this weekend: FEMAIL picks out the best psychedlic prints for effortless style this season

  • Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the psychedlic prints trend
  • British style expert recommends purchasing a daring high-neck midi dress
  • She reveals a selection of retailers currently stocking the seasonal trend 

THE ANTIDOTE TO LOUNGEWEAR

I am bored of basics. Of leisurewear or loungewear or whatever it is we’re calling it. I’m done with elasticated waistbands and leggings and all the dreary cosiness. After a year of co-ordinating face masks with pared-back collections, it seemed as though designers had forgotten that fashion is about escape. Happily, they have remembered. Step forward psychedelia — the biggest names in fashion are here to expand our minds.

DESIGNER SWIRLS

Just look at Raf Simons’s SS21 show. Headlined Teenage Dreams, it was crammed with head-to-toe distorted swirls and colours on cape coats, roll-necks and wide-leg trousers. It looks like someone spiked the punch at Dries Van Noten and Valentino, too, while Prada and Anna Sui are carrying the trend through to autumn.

Dinah Van Tulleken shares advice for embracing the psychedlic prints trend at any occasion this season. Pictured: Dress, £5.99, zara.com; mules, £39, kurtgeiger.com

RETURN TO THE 1960s

Few of us are strangers to the print. The Beatles opened their Apple Boutique in London in 1967, serving up handwoven kaleidoscopic silks, satins and velvets to the capital’s cool young things. By the 1970s, designers such as Halston and YSL had taken it up. Then, sadly, psychedelia seemed to lose its cool. Now it’s back.

NEW LOOK PRINT

Psychedelia circa 2021 has kept its 1970s connotations of free love and liberation while consciously striving to be more sleek and modern. The fun, playful print is on slim-cut dresses, shirts, trousers and skirts. It’s a ‘go bold or go home’ kind of trend. Wear it head-to-toe like I am here in this dress from Zara.

NOW SHOP THE TREND… 

Michael Kors at zalando.co.uk

monki.com

marksandspencer.com

Raf Simons at matchesfashion.com

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