Best tropical print dresses, tops and skirts to shop now

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Tropical prints are fashion’s most-wanted style for summer. Take your house plants obsession to the next level with the bold botanical pieces you’ll want to wear right now.  

Considering our new-found obsession with house plants, it was only a matter of time before our love for leafy green plants and jungle fauna made the transition from our interiors to our wardrobe.

One of the standout moments from the spring/summer 2020 shows was Jennifer Lopez powering down the Versace runway in a reimagined version of her 2000 Grammys dress. Not often does a fashion show cause shock and awe amid the seasoned editors that sit on the front row, but J.Lo wearing a tropical print maxi dress split from neck to navel and ankle to thigh certainly did that. Among a legion of designers showing tropical print designs this season, this moment was the one that launched the tropical print as a trend for spring/summer 2020.

Versace SS20
Versace spring/summer 2020

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Alongside Versace, Fendi, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Richard Quinn and Marc Jacobs showed tropical prints for this season. Although the tropical print has long been a go-to summer, specifically holiday, print, this season nearly all the designers unified behind a single colour palette for the tropical print. Muted prints, with greens, blues, black and white are the order of the day rather than over-the-top bold shades. Wear your topical print this season with raffia accessories and bold gold jewellery to effortlessly complete the look.

Want to incorporate the catwalk’s new found love of the jungle into your wardrobe? We’ve headed to the high street to find the standout tropical pieces from Zara, Reserved and Whistles, as well as the must-have botanical designs from Rixo and Staud. Want the best of the designer style at a budget friendly price? We’ve even tracked down the most-wanted dress from the Johanna Ortiz x H&M collaboration. 

It’s time to curate an urban jungle for your wardrobe, with the best tropical print pieces to buy now.

  • Zara

    The most effective way to make the tropical trend work for you is with statement making trousers. Wearing a relaxed t-shirt and khaki shacket on top is the perfect way to balance out this bold print. If you feel like taking a walk on the wild side, why not up the ante by pairing with the coordinating shirt, also available at Zara. 

    Shop Zara printed trousers, £39.95

  • Staud

    If your vibe is more cocktails on a tropical island than trailblazing through the jungle, then you’ll love this quirky antiquarian print. Crafted from airy cotton poplin, this longline dress will keep you cool when the temperatures start to climb. 

    Shop Staud Corgi tropical-print cotton-blend shirtdress at Matches Fashion, £215

  • Twin-Set

    J.Lo might wear her Versace jungle print split from the neck to navel, but we’re looking for something a little less glamorous to wear while working from home. Enter the botanical knit that is no less on-trend, but far easier to wear on a video call. 

    Shop Twin-Set tropical print jumper at Farfetch, £147

All images courtesy of the brands.

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