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In dark times, it's often that we retreat to the comfortable. But after a hellish year, the fashion pendulum has swung away from sweats and neutral knits to mood-boosting textures and an anything-goes approach to prints.
In a phenomenon known as 'dopamine dressing', we're seeing neon make its comeback, psychedelic prints, and checkerboard graphics take over traditional florals and clashing fabrics matched liberally. A major focus at shows like Brandon Maxwell, Victor Glemaud and Eckhaus Latta in their recently-debuted spring collections, the power of a bold print has never been more palpable.
And it looks like the wave is more than just a passing trend, as we slowly begin to see a shift in fashion where minimalism and prints aren't incongruous, but rather, can coexist.
Of course, throwing on a tie-dye shirt may not rid us of our problems, but after so much time of having to think hyper-practical, it sure feels good to step out into the world again in clothes exuding optimism.
If groovy prints and trippy patterns are a wave you'd thoroughly like to ride this season, click through for our favourite printed pieces, all ripe for some much-needed spring weather.