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Stylish Prints For 2012

As we approach the month of February, it is time to figure out what is in style for the coming spring.  Shops nationwide are preparing for the influx of spring inventory to satisfy fashionable appetites with the latest trends this season.  Let’s take a look at what kind of prints will be gracing the racks next month and when things begin to defrost in the spring.

retro print dress

Animal Prints

Animal prints go in and out of vogue every few years.  Best to just go ahead and add a few pieces to your collection that can be rotated from the front to the back of your closet based on the current trend. Roberto Cavalli’s leopard print accessories collection is a testament that this is one of the years certain animal prints will be in.  If you’re not sure how you feel about a full leopard print dress, stick to leopard print accessories and add them to more solid colored outfits.

Retro Prints

Diane Von Furstenberg’s spring 2012 runway collection combines large, bright, retro prints offset with loose cuts – purple and red, green and indigo, gold and blue combinations set in floral design or repeat pattern reminiscent of early 1960’s fare.  These are beautiful options for blouses and skirts.  We wear solids so much of the time; it’s nice to see large boisterous prints coming into the forefront to balance things out a bit.


Gingham and check print fabric seem to have inspired design legend Marc Jacobs this spring.  Taking a page from the 1940’s down home print and updating it with sheer, silky or shiny fabric choices and contrasting complimentary solid pieces.

Don’t shy away from these retro prints this season.  Choose options that are quality, and you’ll get plenty of wear out of them this year and then be able to recycle them in a few years again, as retro prints clearly never completely go away.

Clari Farkash is the designer of the Clarisse line of  dresses for promgirl.net. Clarisse dresses have been worn by such celebrities as Miss Galaxy International and Miss Teen Galaxy UK. Promgirl.net has been selling prom dresses and formal gowns from America’s top designers for over 25 years.

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