How To: The Palm Trend

Close up of woman wearing palm print trend dress

Bored with your blooms? So are the season’s biggest style stars. Take a cue from big names and beloved brands by ditching ditsy florals for some fresh tropical flavor.

Now it’s all about the palm, but if you think this is the same trend you rocked during middle school (no, just me?) you’d be more than a little off base. These patterns aren’t just reserved for harbor cruises and resort getaways — they’re the perfect wait to incorporate a little easy, summer livin’ into the everyday.

Woman wearing palm tree print

A little less Hawaiian than the hibiscus prints you’re probably remembering, the new obsession leans toward the lush and leafy. But scratch looking like walking greenery, there’s plenty of ways to go pretty and palm other than the verdant classics.

Palm Patterns — Not Just for Bloggers

The palm print trend is not just bloggers and editors yearning for summer — Hollywood is taking note, too. From Kate Bosworth to Rita Ora, Emmy Rossum to Sofia Vergara, it seems everyone is channeling the season they wish would come a little sooner.

Read on to see how you too can get in on the action, with a print piece (or three!) to suit your own unique style. These garments and accessories are just the wardrobe refresher your closet could use.

The Traditional Palm

For the traditionalist, the old-school vision still exists. For her, there’s only one way to do the palm print, and that’s in all it’s retro-fueled glory, complete with a swinging beach bunny silhouette.

The Bohemian Palm

What’s the modern bohemian’s take on the trend? A laid-back romper, naturally. These tiny trees (for California girls–and those at heart!) make all the right statements.

The Palm Swimsuit

The leafy print naturally lends itself to swimwear. Look for retro silhouettes like modest one-pieces or high-waisted bottoms to make a chic beach statement. See our post on beach icons for inspiration!

The Palm Print Scarf

Gals of the more subtle variety might prefer a pop of palm in the form of a lightweight scarf. Around the neck or on a bag it’s a seasonal nod that hints without overpowering.

The Palm Phone Case

Tech mavens who swap phone cases like they would shoes each day of the week will find their calling in this girly and gorgeous little number. Slide it in when you’re feeling extra punchy.

More Palm Print Inspiration

Once you start looking around, you’ll start seeing this tropical print everywhere and in many forms. From shoes to hats, there are many ways to wear the palm print trend. You don’t even have to stick to the traditional green — spring and summer inevitably welcome palm prints in reds, blues and corals.

Here are a few more picks we love.

Melissa

Melissa is creative communications professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.