Bird Print Fabric: How to Be Chic

Bird print fabric was a fresh whimsical trend; print fabrics are always a chance to add color and chic to your new spring fashions.

When choosing a bird print fabric, taste matters.

Avoid mallard ducks that look like hunting lodge curtains or pastel puffy chicks for a bassinet blanket.

Look for abstract depictions of birds -- or any other motif -- for a sophisticated take.

Birds are often part of light-hearted details such as feathers and flowers in tropical prints.

Whimsical Prints Are Perfect for Cruise or Patio

New spring fashions feature these and other fanciful prints in lightweight fabrics, as well as summer sun dresses, and casual pant sets perfect for cruise or patio.

Bird print fabric is a natural for kimono-style dresses and tops.

Three things to consider when dressing in this chic new trend are (1) the downside of print bottoms (2) print proportion to your body (3) whether this is a passing fad.

Print Bottoms Can Be A Problem

A bird print blouse and slacks in a lightweight fabric, seen on some runways, makes you risk going out in public looking like you forgot to change your pajamas.

I'’m not a fan of prints for bottoms; the last thing most older women want is to call attention to this area. (Some younger women would do well to be a little more aware of this, too!)

Team your print shirt with a coordinated solid color print skirt or slacks.

Proportion Is A Factor When Choosing Bird Print Clothing

When choosing avian inspired spring dresses or summer sun dresses, consider the size of the print relative to your bone size, facial features, and height.

For example, one long tunic blouse features a single large swan across the front in bold black-and-white slashes relieved by hot colors, such as red. This will look best on a long-tall Sally with larger bones.

A huge print will engulf a petite woman. The face of a woman with small and delicate facial features will fade away against such dominant art.

There are plenty of prints to choose from to fine one that is right for you.

You will see bird prints from small swallows barely larger than a hummingbird that flit across the textiles of summer sun dresses, casual wear shirts, and casual pants sets -- as well as focal point images.

Will This Become a Classic or a Soon-Forgotten Fad?

Birds have always been a part of tropical prints and so-called Hawaiian shirts, themselves inspired by more traditional Chinese and Japanese fabrics.

Florid floral and jungle prints, with and without birds and other fauna, scored a huge hit in post World War II America. A vintage tropical print never really goes out of style.

One concern with the shadowy abstract bird prints that are unique new spring fashions is that this fad may soon look dated. I'm still finding examples five years after the fad debuted.

Also ask yourself if you will mind seeing bird print fabrics everywhere when a fad is in full flower.

Use Accessories to Achieve an Alternative

If you don't want to go all-in for this fad, look for a large bird print fabric scarf. Drape it across the front of your outfit and flowing down one arm.

This goes right along with the kimono-sleeve Asian inspiration that stands the test of time as a true classic fashion.

You also might look for a nice bird-shaped pin to adorn a handbag, hat, jacket or top.

Recapping the Pros and Cons of Bird Print Fabrics

In summary, these darling novelty prints were a hit on the fashion runways and populate the clothing you will see in stores and everywhere this spring and summer.

Any trend may become stale, so ask yourself if these new spring fashions are for you.

Print bottoms run the risk of emphasizing what you'd rather not or looking like pajamas.

Consider your build and the size of your features compared with the size of an all-over print when purchasing summer sun dresses or a top in this amusing and colorful theme.

Consider finding a beautiful scarf or other bird accessories in lieu of going all-out with a dress or outfit.

Also of Interest

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