Florals: Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2016
That old meme about the predictability of florals for spring proves just how classic flower patterns are. The print's staying power comes from its (literal) roots in the natural landscape, making florals an organic choice no matter the season.
Florals: Sachin & Babi Fall 2016
Modern floral prints feature night-blooming blossoms on dark backgrounds of navy or black. The contrast between the feminine print and sleek, structured pieces always works.
Florals: Marissa Webb Fall 2016
The most feminine of all prints, there's no question that the floral dress will remain a classic. Pull one out for date night or whenever you want to feel pretty. Here, sprays of delicate blossoms add girlish charm.
Florals: Olivia Palermo
As sweet and light as florals can be, they can also go moody and sensual. Olivia's black drop-waist dress bloomed dramatically with a floral print in primary colors.
Florals: Jessica Alba
Florals are a perfect match for stripes (one of our other favorite classic prints) as Jessica effortlessly displayed. Rose print plus Breton stripes plus leather jacket plus metallic heels equals a recipe for success that we're going to copy immediately.
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Plaid: Marc Cain Fall 2016
The many facets of plaid, whether inspired by the rugged West, schoolgirl prep or 90s grunge, attest to the print's timelessness. Traditional tartans like these never go out of style.
Plaid: Victoria Beckham Spring 2016
Plaid is so embedded in fashion history that it instantly evokes Americana. But the nostalgic appeal of plaid is constantly being reinvented in the form of innovative designs so the pattern never feels tired.
Plaid: Derek Lam Fall 2016
Plaid was an unstoppable influence on the Spring and Fall 2016 runways, so much so that designers have even taken to mixing plaids. Not for the shrinking violet, plaid-on-plaid is a directional way for you to modernize the classic print.
Plaid: Aja Naomi King
Here's another unconventional pattern mix we're head over heels for. How to Get Away with Murder actress Aja paired her plaid full skirt with a polka dot bow-neck top for a vintage-inspired look that's so pretty it hurts.
Plaid: Marissa Webb
The designer proved how well plaid works as an accent piece for a monochrome suit. Bookmark this look for nine-to-five outfit inspiration.
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Stripes: Ralph Lauren Spring 2016
Clean and preppy, stripes put an emphasis on tailoring. Classic blue and white nautical striping is a perennial fashion favorite.
Stripes: Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2016
Bold lines are a fun way to bring together contrasting colors. The visual impact of stripes like these is sure to turn heads.
Stripes: Christian Dior Spring 2016
The pattern may be classic, but it's far from staid. Tonal stripes can even add unexpected interest to outerwear and accessories. You really can't go wrong swathing yourself in stripes.
Stripes: Zendaya Coleman
To celebrate her KODE magazine cover, Zendaya donned a sleeveless turtleneck sweater and a patent pleated skirt. The pieces expertly combine vertical and horizontal stripes in coordinating oxblood, gray and baby blue.
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Stripes: Kendall Jenner
Kendall's pinstripe suit is sure to give you new ideas for travel wear. The top model arrived in Paris sporting wide-leg trousers and an ankle-grazing jacket in crisp gray and white vertical stripes.
Stripes: Jamie Chung
The best part about striped sets like Jamie's is that you can keep them together for a directional head-to-toe look or break them down into separates for everyday outfits.
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Animal: Mara Hoffman Fall 2016
Animal prints endure because they're inspired by the natural world. Undeniably sexy, prints taken from the animal kingdom are fashion mainstays, whether you rock zebra, cheetah, leopard, croc or python.
Animal: Missoni Spring 2016
Spring and Fall 2016 runways carried a strong message about animal print: It's still a jungle out there. Mixing animal-inspired stripes and spots is a fierce fashion choice that you can always rely on to make your look stand out.
Animal: Gigi Hadid
Animal prints are guaranteed to turn heads, as if Gigi needs any help in that department. The model-of-the-moment kept the rest of her look monochrome to enhance the effect of her killer zebra coat.
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Animal: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2016 Street Style
Python sleeves give major style points to this cool-girl look. Animal prints convey power and energy, making them ideal companions for the athleisure craze.
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Polka Dots: Noon by Noor Fall 2016
When arranged in neat rows, classic polka dots appear refined and ladylike with a vintage twist. This season, embellishments set off dotty motifs even more.
Polka Dots: Edun Fall 2016
Multicolored polka dots are playful, giving a youthful lift to any look. Even the most somber pieces become buoyant with a splatter of circles.
Polka Dots: Jenny Packham Fall 2016
Polka dots forever evoke pop art. The graphic print adds punch even to formal designs.
Polka Dots: Jourdan Dunn
Polka dots can be dazzling as Jourdan proved at the Zoolander 2 premiere. The model's textural dress featured sequined dot embellishments on the skirt.
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Polka Dots: Caroline Issa
Editors love polka dots, too. Caroline was spotted at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week toting this bright handbag covered in oversized, multicolored dots, which really added pop to her look.
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Polka Dots: Olivia Culpo
Polka dots are such a classic print that they were even celebrated with a Minnie Rocks the Dots event this year. Olivia led the fashion pack in attendance, appropriately dressed in a chic black and white polka dot suit — a refined take on the punchy print.
The latest Fashion Week runways featured clothing sprinkled with original graphic patterns, running the gamut from stubbed-out cigarette butts and marijuana leaves to surrealist faces and pineapples. But no matter how innovative designers like to get, there are certain classic prints they turn to season after season: stripes, florals, plaid, animal prints and polka dots.
We’re positive that these classic prints will never go out of style, but we’re also excited about the inventive ways that designers are incorporating them and the fresh flavors each season’s new permutations bring. “Classic” can sometimes get mistakenly lumped in with “boring,” but one look at how these patterns are being worn on the runways, in street style and on fashion insiders is enough to assure you that timeless prints belong in a modern wardrobe.