I was actually looking for products for a post about wide leg trousers, but I kept seeing palm tree prints everywhere. So I guess summer is officially on the way, and wide leg trousers will have to wait a bit.
Historically, palm tree print has been used to signify luxury and wealth, and is often mistaken for the banana leaf print, especially that used in the famous “Martinique” wallpaper designed for the Beverly Hills hotel in the 1940s by Don Loper. Palm trees are still one of the main symbols of hot weather and vacations, and this makes them a very popular print for shorts and swim shorts.
California PJ Shorts
Nowadays it’s used in all sorts of applications – clothing, wallpaper, home decor, art prints – basically anywhere imaginable. There is definitely the risk of it being overdone, and it can also become overwhelming as a print – you might prefer to wear palm jewellery only, or palm accessories or shoes (although I guess these Roberto Cavalli boots are actually the definition of “overdoing it” but I’m in love with them – they’d be amazing with a flowing black summer dress and minimalistic jewellery, keeping all the focus on the boots).
Bracelet Riviere Palmier Diamants 2 Ors
Cassandre Palm Earrings in Metal
Palm tree print doesn’t always have to be bold – these shorts by Barrow have a hand-stitched outline of a palm tree, while the shorts by Joshua Sanders feature other motifs also, so the palm trees don’t stand out so much. Both these pairs of shorts are knitted so they look less summery overall.
Blue Waves Shorts
You could also go for something with more of a palm frond print like this jacket from Just Cavalli, or lose the palm trees in a mosaic-style print like these FARM Rio trousers.
Palm Print Jacket
If you do want to make the palm print the focus of attention of your outfit, a summer dress is a great way to do that, and is easy to style with sandals or espadrilles.
Of course summer clothes tend to be about bright colours, so here’s a couple of high-contrast pink and purple pieces.