Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Season

16-05-2019 15:05

As The Devil Wears Prada made all too clear, florals for spring are anything but groundbreaking. But one 2019 trend has left the spring florals space—and frankly, the summer florals space, too—feeling fresher and more exciting than it has since Meryl Streep name-dropped it way back in 2006. This year’s patchwork trend has given rise to a new brand of florals—a remixed one, an exciting one, a maximalist one. Spring and summer florals are now appearing alongside equally eye-catching patterns and prints, and are subsequently finding homes in clothing genres that extend far beyond the sundress genre they once occupied near-exclusively.

Patchwork made its way into the zeitgeist last fall, when several designers showed patchwork pieces at September’s New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019. As lovers of NYFW know all too well, the looks shown on September’s runways don’t really infiltrate our lives until spring and summer, so it’s a matter of months before any of us see the catwalk trends we loved translated into clothes we can actually wear. But it’s May now, the movements September foreshadowed have officially arrived, and patchwork is, accordingly, out in full force.

And it’s worth mentioning, spring/summer’s patchwork trend isn’t solely reserved for florals. Sure, it’s breathing new life into the classic flower-covered textiles we’ve cherished for decades, but it’s also remixing traditional pinstripe button-downs, basic knit sweaters, denim dresses and more. In 2019, everything deserves a maximalist makeover, and the industry’s collective obsession with patchwork is prepared to deliver those makeovers time and time again.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

1. What You Want Maxi Dress, $198 at Free People

A statement dress that’s as cute as it is comfortable.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

2. Stripe Mix Shirt, $87 at ASOS

Mix up your 9-to-5 rotation without skewing too over-the-top.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

3. Patchwork Emporium Kimono, $400 at Free People

Fodder for your next bohemian look.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

4. Aratta Swing Maxi Dress, $103 at ASOS

Why choose between textiles or colors when you could simply wear them all at once?

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

5. Helmut Lang Grunge Jumper, $478 at Farfetch

Not your average olive sweater.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

6. Sahu Patchwork Jacket, $99.95 at Free People

Part low-key blazer, part maximalist puffer coat—all delightful.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

7. John Galliano Vintage Patchwork Tank Top, $269 at Farfetch

The aughtsiest take on this trend we’ve laid eyes on.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

8. Lingerie Style Print Dress, $69.90 at Zara

Of course the patchwork trend made its way to the endlessly trendy slip dress.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

9. Patchwork Denim Duster, $228 at Free People

A denim jacket with just enough flair to keep things interesting.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

10. Mira Mikati Knit Patchwork Cardigan, $484 at Farfetch

Why have one kind of fuzzy fabric when you could have seven?

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

11. Hot Lava Patchwork Denim Straight-Leg Pant, $88 at Urban Outfitters

Because jeans deserve a moment in the statement-making sun, too.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

12. Velvet Patchwork Wrap Top, $99.95 at Anthropologie

Maximalist without venturing into extra territory.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

13. Noisy May Faux Fur Patchwork Coat, $57 at ASOS

The teddy jacket promises to stick around for a little while longer, and these patchwork rendition feels all kinds of fresh.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

14. Christian Wijnants Keikan Knitted Skirt, $1425 at Farfetch

A veritably professional take on a decidedly campy movement.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

15. Waven Eira Patchwork Denim Shift Dress, $48 at ASOS

Denim shift dresses are anything but boring when rendered in a couple different shades.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

16. Free People Maggie Patched Duster, $228 at Revolve

Sure to elevate even the most low-key of tee-and-jeans combos.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

17. Patchwork Cord Straight-Leg Pants, $44.50 at ASOS

Who said cords couldn’t be made spring/summer-friendly?

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

18. Primecut Zipper Wallet, $98 at Free People

A teddy wallet, because warm weather shouldn’t prevent you from getting your fuzz on.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

19. Alice + Olivia Lynn Patchwork Kimono, $557 at Revolve

Throw it over your favorite white tee, your go-to swimsuit, your cutest LBD—the options are near-endless.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

20. Majorelle Shannon Top, $118 at Revolve

A patchwork matching set—could anything feel more quintessentially summer 2019?

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

21. Pierre-Louis Mascia Patchwork Print Scarf, $110 at Farfetch

A lower-key way into a not-so-low-key trend.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

22. Patch Denim Dashi Kimono, $500 at Free People

Denim on denim is more fun when patchwork’s involved.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

23. House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Arthur Top, $95 at Revolve

Patchwork, done the elegant way.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

24. Ganni Sweeny Patchwork Print Trousers, $165 at Farfetch

These Ganni pants are all kinds of fun. (Leave it to Ganni!)

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

25. Vans Patchwork Reversible Parka Jacket, $110 at ASOS

Never worry about your windbreaker ruining your outfit again.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

26. French Connection Lisette Patchwork Floral Print Asymmetric Blouse, $48 at ASOS

Fit for the office, date night and basically everywhere else you’re going this season.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

27. Pierre-Louis Mascia Razzoli Patchwork Shirtdress, $349 at Farfetch

Shirtdresses are anything but boring—and this patchwork iteration is proof.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

28. Loveless Colorblock Mini Skirt, $172 at Farfetch

Texture, texture and more texture.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

29. Patchwork Plaid Flannel Shirt, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters

We’d raid the men’s section for this plaid shirt any day.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

30. Lisa Marie Fernandez Patchwork Dress, $288 at Farfetch

Leave it to the patchwork trend to keep off-the-shoulder summer dresses feeling fresh.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

31. House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Milo Dress, $113 at Revolve

Snag this, and you’re set for every summer weekend from here on out.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

32. MM6 Maison Margiela Patchwork Jersey Top, $222 at Farfetch

Whoever said patchwork couldn’t be delicately elegant was seriously misinformed.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

33. French Connection Celia Patchwork Floral Print Dress, $38 at ASOS

An anything-but-average floral dress.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

34. 3.1 Phillip Lim Floral Patchwork Shorts, $395 at Farfetch

Because summer shorts want in on the patchwork trend, too.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

35. Circus Hotel Striped Patchwork Cardigan, $311 at Farfetch

A go-to cardigan that’s far from boring.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

36. Vans Era Patchwork Sneakers, $65 at ASOS

Patchwork, done the sneaker fiend way.

STYLECASTER | Patchwork Pieces Are the Most Maximalist Way to Get Your Floral on This Spring

37. Lee Matthews Printed Patchwork Shirt, $519 at Farfetch

Wear this to your next job interview and stun.

 

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