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Crazy for patterns: Wild summer prints we love

Kristin Chessman is a freelance writer, editor and mom from Southern California with a passion for travel, fashion, Disney, the beach, Italian food and all-things celebrity. Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinChessman.

Wild summer style

Summer is a time for fearless fashion. From animal prints to floral motifs, it’s time to break out your favorite patterns and have some fun. Read on to discover our favorite summer prints and find out how to wear them when the temperature rises.

Dolores dress in Peacock Paisley

Peacock paisley print

What do you get when you mix an exotic paisley print with a tailored, fitted bodice? A feminine, vibrant summer dress. We simply adore this day-to-night dress with its scoop neckline and slant pockets. Pick up the Dolores dress in Peacock Paisley at J. Crew for $90.

Pattern hint: Busy prints are more flattering on dresses with traditional silhouettes.

Ikat Dress

Ikat weave print

This taupe-colored Ikat Dress from AllSaints ($120) is the perfect combination of earthy meets feminine. The raw-edge skirted panels create volume and the self-tie straps ensure a perfect fit. Pair it with a denim jacket and espadrilles for sizzlin’ summer style.

Pattern hint: This print was inspired by authentic Indian Ikat weaves.

Skinny Pants

Vibrant floral print

Celebrate summer with this colorful floral print from ASOS. These mid-rise Skinny Pants ($61) feature a contrasting floral print in shades of violet, white, red and green.

Pattern hint: It’s ok to mix florals and stripes -- just be careful to choose prints on a similar scale.

ruffled maxi

Crazy about stripes print

Not only are maxi dresses uber-comfy, but they’re also a trendy summer mast-have. This ruffled maxi from Target ($20) features a vibrant striped pattern that’s perfect for summer. Choose from three different color options, including aqua/multi, black/ivory and black/multi. Our fave: Aqua/multi!

Pattern hint: Pair this wild striped pattern with a simple white denim jacket for classic summer style.

Leopard Skinny Jeans

Blue leopard print

Bring out your inner wild child with these Leopard Skinny Jeans from Forever 21 ($30). Choose from turquoise/cream and coral/cream.

Pattern hint: Pair these leopard jeans with a basic white T-shirt and a cropped, tailored motorcycle jacket for an edgy, fun look.

Printed-Pocket Skirt

Flirty floral print

Nothing says summer like a flirty, lightweight skirt. This Printed-Pocket Skirt from Old Navy ($30) features a banded waist and all-over print. Choose from four different color and pattern options. Our favorite: Sunkissed lime!

Pattern hint: Pair this busy print with a simple, sexy cami, faded denim jacket and gladiator sandals.

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