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Our stylist recommends: How to rock printed clothes and layers this season for women of all sizes

Shed those thick wintery layers because it’s time you pick out printed pieces for your spring summer wardrobe. This season, Dorothy Perkins takes inspiration from tropical rainforests — featuring layers that showcase python prints patterns, pretty florals and lush leaves. Apart from printed looks, the new spring summer collection also offers a variety of lightweight evergreen layers made in fabrics like georgette and linen.



If you are looking for a fresh change in style and are ready to rock some colours, printed layers would do the trick. These looks not only create the mood for a resort holiday vacation, they add a dash of fun and breezy insouciance to your day. Here are some tips and classic layering options for you to style your look.

Python snake printed skirts
Python snake printed skirt options with the linen wrapped top (Photo credit: Dorothy Perkins)

This season offers a couple of separates in animal prints like cheetah and tiger stripes, but it’s the python printed pieces that we’ve got our eye on. They add graphic and textural interest to your outfit especially since the prints mimic actual python skin. Plus, the chain-link scale patterns that slide along the garment creates a slimming effect on the wearer, accentuating a streamlined silhouette. Featured above are some of our picks of the python printed skirts in different hues and scale designs. Our recommendation? Pair the printed item with a solid coloured piece like the linen wrap top to make the print piece the focal point.

Botanical and floral printed tie top
Floral tie top with skirts (Photo credit: Dorothy Perkins)

Another key piece from their current collection is this flared sleeves printed tie top — another sought-after clothing item to beat the summer heat. This sleeved piece conceals your arms and accentuates your waist when synched with the tie detail. For a look that would take you from day to night, pair this bright coloured top with a flattering skirt. Find a cut that best fit your curves, slip on the printed tie top and you’re ready to take on the day.

Printed tops with bright florals and lush leafy prints
Floral and leafy printed tops and linen trousers (Photo credit: Dorothy Perkins)

Summer vacations aren’t the only reason for you to be decked out in floral prints. Although, tropical motifs and colours calls for a summer break, floral and leafy printed pieces in general are timeless since they are not associated with festive celebrations. Like most printed items, coordinate your ensemble with something simple like a pair of linen trousers.

Shop for your looks at the list of Dorothy Perkins stores here.

Josiah Chua
Fashion Director
Josiah is the Fashion Director in charge of styling shoots and writing the fashion pages. On his days off, he locks himself at home designing and sewing up a collection in preparation for his label's runway debut.