Paisley Pattern Power

Paisley pattern is having a fashion moment again this season. The teardrop shaped print, named after the town of Paisley, thanks to the production of textiles bearing the print in the town …ooh…a long, long, time ago, is perfect for busy autumn prints.

It’s of Persian and Indian origin, and was originally produced in France, back in the 1600s! It became massively popular in the west in the 18th and 19th centuries, and, well, em, the 1970s. Yep, that decade again. It had a sort of ‘psychedelic vibe’ back then, and the Beatles were big fans. Yep, all true.

As it is, it’s a very busy print, with “hippy connotations”. We can almost smell the patchouli when we look at it!  BUT … it’s actually very pretty, very wearable, and very now. So get with the times, and get into your paisley pattern!

If you are going to embrace this trend, then embrace it full on! Hit up that paisley pattern with a pussybow collar dress from New Look (£19.99)

paisley pattern pussy bow dressOr a big and bold paisley pattern dress from French Connection (£80). Imagine this with boots, a fur gilet, a floppy hat and a crochet bag? 1970s perfection, right there.

FC paisley pattern maxi dressFrench Connection also offer this more summery, tunic (£110)with a gorgeous pink print. Wear over leggings, with wedges, or over skinny jeans for a more contemporary take.

paisley pattern FC pink dressWrap up this winter with a, well, a wrap of course! This one is muted, and classy, and from Oasis @ Debenhams (£29).

Oasis paisley pattern wrapA paisley pattern blouse ticks all the 1970s trend boxes. Wear with jeans, flared trousers, or that A-line skirt we talked about yesterday. This gorgeous black version is £24, from BHS.

BHS black paisley pattern blouseOr try this chiffon, less, well, bold, but still as busy version from New Look (£19.99). The paisley is in there, you just need to search for it!

New LOk sheer paisley pattern blouseGo all out paisley pattern with this brilliant two piece from Evans @ BHS. Embrace the print – add a black vest top, some heels, a clutch and you’re good to go. Trousers, £25.60 (were £32), kimono, £32 (was £40).

Evans paisley pattern two pieceIf that’s all too busy and too much, then just keep it very simple with a tube scarf from H&M (£6.99) It’s a start…

paisley pattern scarfH&M’s drop-waist silk dress has a beautiful monochrome paisley pattern overlay. £59.99.

H&M silk paisley pattern dressIf you are feeling brave, or channeling your inner hippy, then H&M’s flared paisley pattern trousers (£14.99) have your name all over them. Figuratively. Literally, they have paisley pattern all over them…

H&M paisley pattern trousersBHS’s bold, green, red and black skater dress is on point for this season – trust us. And, it’s reduced right now by a fiver. Go get it! £20 (was £25).

Paisley pattern BHS dressFinally, also at BHS, and also reduced, this purple velvet paisley kimono with immense fringing (£30, was £40)

BHS paisley pattern kimono