The Top 5 Prints of Summer 2020 (Beyond Florals)

I won’t bore you with a Miranda Priestly quote, but there’s so much more to summer prints than florals. I certainly am a proponent of the classic pattern, but I decided to check in on everyone’s favorite brands to see which trends they’re advocating for this summer. Not to pat myself on the back, but I think I hit the jackpot.

For starters, gingham is having quite a moment in the spotlight right now. Slap it on a bikini, slip dress, shorts, or headband, and it’s bound to sell like crazy. Many of my favorite gingham pieces also tap into other trends like puff sleeves and ’90s-esque thin straps, so it’s really like killing two birds with one stone. The tie-dye trend also shows no sign of slowing down, perhaps driven in part by its popularity on TikTok. Scroll down to see and shop my five favorite summer pattern trends from H&M, Shopbop, Reformation, and more. 

I love the crossover strap details on the back of this sweet dress. 

This is technically a bikini top, but I 100% support wearing it as a blouse. 

This super-cute top is also available in sizes 1X to 4X. I especially love the ruffle detail on the sleeves. 

A-line skirts are forever. 

Wear these shorts with a white tank top, and Converse sneakers and call it a day. 

Kate Middleton, anyone? 

I’ve never been mad about dressing like a picnic table. 

A cute bandana is particularly functional with face-covering rules right now. 

H&M does it again. 

Helmstedt is one of my favorite rising Danish brands. How could I resist these delightful strawberry shorts?

Strawberry shortcake. 

Grapes, pears, tomatoes—the gang’s all here. 

Reformation always has the best prints, and this precious lemon pattern is no exception. 

The only thing better than this adorable print is the fun puff sleeves. 

Square necklines are still very much on-trend. 

I’ll admit: I hoard graphic tees for summer. They’re just perfect to wear with jeans or cutoffs. 

Excuse me while I wear these seven days in a row. 

This charming swimsuit is almost too pretty to swim in—but that won’t stop me. 

Don’t overlook the cute ruffle trim on this dress. 

I don’t care what anyone says: Flip-flops are real shoes. 

Will this make me fit in on TikTok?

This ruched top checks all the right boxes for me. Plus, it’s on sale!

Who said workout gear has to be boring? 

Love a good hair accessory. 

This $32 sale price is definitely tempting. 

This looks way more expensive than it really is. Proenza Schouler, anyone?

Take notes: This is perfect to wear with sweatshorts. 

This super-cute top can easily be worn with solid-color bottoms you already own if you don’t want to invest in the matching Tie-Detailed Polka-Dot Bikini Briefs ($115).

This pretty flutter-sleeve dress is getting great reviews on Target’s website. It also comes in sizes 1X to 4X. 

Reformation can do no wrong in my book. 

Now that’s a statement sleeve. 

Square neckline? Ruffled sleeves? Peplum detail? Check, check, and check. 

This shape is so easy to wear with sneakers, sandals, or heels. 

This is how you master the mixed-material trend. 

Almost as good as a trip to Hawaii. Almost. 

Your dad’s Hawaiian shirts are cool again—someone go tell him. 

This is such a cheerful little top. I particularly like the tiered detailing on the sleeves. 

Have no shame in your flip-flop game. 

Next, five brands I wore before I became a fashion editor—and still wear now

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