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These Are The Cool-Girl Prints To Try For Spring

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“Florals for spring, groundbreaking”. The immortal words of Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada echo at the back of all designers’ minds at this time of year. The fact is, there is no better time than spring to wear florals: nature is doing it, so why shouldn’t you? Just like we wear rich autumnal tones in fall, and endless grays and blacks through winter. But the problem is, as Priestly wryly put it, everyone does it – and, more to the point, everyone always has done it. Forever. Ad infinitum. It's literally so last year

So as spring rolls back around, we always see several alternative print trends that are suitable for the season. This year we are presented with a fun selection of cartoonish ideas that would all make great substitutes for the tried-and-tested spring staple. 

Check out 5 alternatives to floral prints to try out this spring: 

For something more succulent than your standard floral fare, look out for cactus prints instead. The bold green and brown tones pair easily with crisp whites, pastels and blues – basically, anything else you might want to wear in the sunshine. 
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Mango Embroidered Cotton Shirt - $50
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Every Cloud Cactus Print Halterneck Maxi - $128
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Monki Slip Dress - €25
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Equipment Cactus Slip - $370
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Certainly the most daring of our selection, hand prints are a big-hitter this year. From edgy illustrations to playful graphics, this is a surprisingly easy design to work into both chic and casual looks. 
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Sonia Rykiel Hand Print Trousers - $205
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& Other Stories Cotton Hand Print Dress - $65
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River Island White Design Forum Han dPrint Crop Cami Top - $50
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Urban Outfitters Magic Hand Crew-Neck Sweatshirt - $44
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Forget flora: it’s all about fauna. Unleash your wild side – not with tiger print, but a print of an entire tiger. Or a flamingo, or a toucan… Basically, consider exotic animals an exciting alternative to tropical plants like palms. 
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Mango Printed Flowy Blouse - $60
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Whistles Tiger Print Silk Kimono - $300
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Kenzo Tiger Sweatshirt - $270
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Eloquii Studio Printed Cross Back Trapeze Top - $55
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Is there any season more romantic than spring? This year, why not wear your heart on your, um… knees? A classic heart motif is great for adding a cute, graphic touch to any casual outfit. 
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Alice & You Heart Print Distressed Boyfriend Jean - $61
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Burberry Heart Print Jumper - $406
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Chiara Ferragni Sequin Embroidered Cotton Denim Shorts - $478
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Forever21 Broken Heart Graphic Joggers - €21
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Ignore everything you have just read! How about double florals for spring? Diane Von Furstenberg had the right idea when she mixed multiple bouquets together to create a collection full of color and textures – and, naturally, many other designers have followed suit. We can’t believe we’re saying it, but this double take on the trend is so fresh, we might just break our own rules and try it ourselves this season. 
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Diane Von Furstenberg Draped Floor Length Dress - $698
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ASOS Curve Mixed Floral Culottes With Pleats - $58
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Topshop Splice D Ring Midaxi Dress - $110
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New Look Black Mixed Floral Print Frill Yoke Top - €25
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