Normcore and minimalism be damned: Summer is coming, and I want a lively print or two to add personality to my closet full of basics. This season's patterns are more Florida kitsch than classic good taste and I'm loving it. Minimalist? Hardly. Whimsical, idiosyncratic, adorable? Yes, yes, and yes. Wear these 4 eye-catching motifs with neutrals, denim, chambray, and summer whites.
1. Palm leaves: At the Old Navy spring/summer media preview, I fell head over heels for this little palm print romper (on sale now $24). It's perfect for the hot, humid weather I'll be experiencing when we go on vacation this August.
2. Pineapples: Pineapples were a popular decorative motif during colonial times, when New England sailors would bring pineapples with them while sailing from the Caribbean back home; a fresh pineapple on a New England porch signaled to the community that the sailor in the family had made it home safe and sound. They've been staging a comeback in the past couple years via Instagram and adorable finds like this Joe Fresh sleep tank ($10) and short ($10).
3. Flamingos: Graceful, pink, and just a little oddball—what's not to love about flamingos? Kate Spade has a slew of flamingo-emblazoned goods this season, but I picked this scarf ($128) to dress up any outfit with a pop of colour. (Think how good it'd look with black-and-white Breton stripes!)
4. Bananas: I've been wearing these Juice Truck x Native Shoes limited edition 'Verona' shoes since receiving them at the launch party last Thursday and they've gotten so many compliments (and once-overs from strangers). The limited-edition, psychedelic banana print is by Glasfurd & Walker, and if you look closely, you'll notice raindrops—a nod to both companies' Vancouver roots. Available at El Kartel and Walrus, as well as at the Juice Truck Store.