Paisley print: how to wear this trend

Vogue states that paisley print (also known as Persian pickles by some Americans!) is set to take the fashion world by storm in the upcoming months! This pretty design graced dresses, skirts and tops up and down the S/S12 runway in collections from Jil Sander, Stella McCartney and Emilio Pucci.

And let’s not forget the princess of fashion herself: Alexa Chung!  Miss Chung wore the print on silk pyjama-style trousers this week to House of Holland’s catwalk show for London Fashion Week…. If Alexa is wearing paisley, THEN WE MUST ADD SOME TO OUR WARDROBES TOO!

So here’s our pick of the paisley print:

It can be hard to wear bold, brash, colourful paisley prints and often girls can get it wrong… Choose one of these paisley pieces to avoid having a fashion disaster (below, we even tell you how to wear it!)

paisley print scarves, dresses and skirts

Left: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen paisley skirt from, now £109
This cute pencil skirt features the paisley print in subdued, spring and summer-friendly colours. YET, it’s on sale now, with 25% off (plus free shipping!) Wear a plain coloured top tucked into the skirt for a sleek silhouette.  We love how it’s styled on the model!  Perfect for dates, events, shopping… you name it!  What’s even better:  you can enter the discount code 5offzalando to get £5 off this skirt.  Valid until 2012-01-31 at 23:59:59.

Top Right: Oversized paisley scarf from Kew · 159, reduced down to £15
Kew are purveyors of high quality fashion, with their upscale clothing sold in stores such as John Lewis, Peter Jones and their sister company, Jigsaw. This scarf is a total bargain at only £15, reduced from £35.  It’s made from lightweight cotton, so even though it’s in the winter sale it will last you all through spring and summer!

Center: Alexander McQueen circle paisley skull scarf from Harrods, £395
The famous Alexander McQueen skull scarf has been redesigned with the pretty paisley print, ready for this season.

Right:  APRICOT paisley tulip dress from House of Fraser, £29
This tunic tulip-shaped dress with its V-neck collar and short sleeves will look really flattering on.  This versatile dress can be paired with tights and heels until the temperatures rise and then wear with wedges in the warmer months.

How to wear paisley:

Still not sure how to wear the paisley print?  Here we show you a look that’s ideal for spring and summer.

how to wear paisley prints

Pair this ‘Lucy Paisley Print Blouse‘ from with dark blue denim jeans, such as these pictured above from Dorothy Perkins.

Earthy brown accessories will work a treat with this top and this tan tasselled satchel from A/Wear gives the outfit a chic boho look.

In summer try wearing this paisley tunic with denim shorts, brown wedges and chunky wooden bangles.  Gorgeous!

Christmas outfit inspiration:


  1. […] leather satchel from Mellow Yellow features braided details and long shoulder strap.  Pair it with paisley print tunics, sandals and chunky bangles for a boho look in the warmer months and match it to your […]