To say that it is a season full of pattern is an understatement. We’re seeing lots of geometric, floral, animal skin, scarf and abstract patterns as well as a good dose of “conversational prints” (also known as “novelty prints”).
Conversational prints are made up of (often quirky) recognizable items like, cats, dogs, birds, bees, trees, insects, butterflies, sunglasses, horses, teacups, heads, planets, stars, fans, hats, fruit, giraffes, cars, anchors, boats — I’m sure you get the picture.
You’ll find conversational prints in all colour spectrums in tops, skirts, dresses, trousers, jackets, shorts, shoes, scarves and handbags, but in tops, especially blouses, more than other items.
I am a cautious yay vote. Geometric patterns are my first love, followed by a fresh abstract floral. I’m also loving the rejuvenation of iconic scarf prints on silky blouses. I will wear a playful conversational printed top or bottom if it’s subtle and has a sophisticated edge. Nothing cartoon-like or too child-like. In other words, the print has to look “grown up”.
That said, I went moggy over a pair of pleated short shorts at Zara last week because they were covered in not so subtle Yorkshire Terriers that looked like our late little Jasmine (see picture below). But wearing flimsy short shorts is not my thing, and I was SO disappointed. My sweetie Greg saw the colour drain from my face and supportively suggested, “Can’t you wear them with leggings?”. Unfortunately leggings weren’t going to work either, but I very much appreciated Greg’s good intentions. If the pattern was available in a fabulous blouse, I’d be wearing it right now. Sometimes our emotions dominate the wardrobe purchasing process and logical reasoning flies out the window.
What’s your verdict? Would you wear a conversational print? If so, would you wear it as a top, bottom, dress or accessory? Are conversational prints office appropriate? Or are you a nay vote because they look juvenile and silly.