Teddy Quinlivan walking the runway during the Self-Portrait Spring 2018 show during New York Fashion Week in a playful polkadot blouse - Sept 9, 2017 Teddy Quinlivan walking the runway during the Self-Portrait Spring 2018 show during New York Fashion Week in a playful polkadot blouse - Sept 9, 2017

Think light, carefree, and playful.

In summary, that’s the general gist of prints that designers served up on the Spring 2018 catwalks. The shows set all new standards for how to wear polkadots, stripes, and florals this season.

Can You Polka?

Fashionistas everywhere are seeing spots. Polka dots are making a comeback, mainly in lightweight monochrome items, although Self-Portrait’s runway was populated with some pretty awesome red-on-white pieces.

Of A Certain Stripe

Stripes are literally never out of fashion, but there are a few new go-to styling tricks according to the fashion elite. Rule number one is moderation. Don’t go too wide, or too thin. Also, it’s best to have only two to three colors alternating for the most striking results. This strategy lends an excitingly exotic touch to any outfit.

Patterns of Violets

Of all floral patterns, only one is really going to be groundbreaking this spring. The recent runways sprouted with darling dresses and separates in cool shades of white or black sprinkled with violet blossoms. Max Mara, Blumarine, and Ermanno Scervino all offered options that redefine what the word dainty means. — jas