The catwalks this season have been full of gold chains, flowers, stripes and borders presented in a decadent baroque style pattern that might just be familiar to you: the scarf print. The luxurious patterns normally saved for our scarves have been given a style update for Spring/Summer 2012 and can now be used to spice up a pair of otherwise plain trousers or to add interest to a summery shift dress. Essex fashionista Lydia Bright was ahead of the trend on series four of the popular reality TV show ‘The Only Way is Essex’ in January, sporting stylish black, pink and gold scarf print trousers with a neon pink blazer, evoking scarf envy in girls everywhere. High street shops everywhere have their unique takes on that iconic scarf print, with colours ranging from neons to pastels; fabrics ranging from chiffon to cotton; items ranging from stand out shorts to sky high patterned high heel shoes.

The 80’s are the inspiration behind this colourful look. A time of big hair, bad perms and bright patterns, Versace’s scarf print shirts, trousers and skirts came out of this iconic period in fashion, and  have been given a modern revival by D and G in their last show. D and G’s scarf prints were fun, floaty and came in a wide array of colours and designs: from pretty pastel ra-ra skirts to clashing bold trousers and shirts in contrasting shades of prominent purple, orange and mustard yellow with accents of gold, giving the whole runway a feel of luxury. D and G truly proved that more really is more, with clashing busy prints in floaty silk giving the runway a young, fun feel that makes us all want to wrap up warm in silk scarf prints this summer.

To keep your scarf prints light for summer, don’t weigh yourself down with the dark blacks and murky greys of winter, but keep things bright, bold and gold. If you choose to be pretty in a pastel scarf print playsuit, keep your accessories to light pinks, pale greens and buttercup yellows, with our great selection of handbags, such as our Green Ostrich Effect Holdall With Long Strap And Lock And Key Closure (£23.99) is a roomy choice that’ll still compliment your scarf print beauty. If you’re more into bold colours, then take inspiration from D and G and clash your scarf prints. To make the trend wearable, look for prints that have one primary colour running through them. Blue is a great choice for this, so pick pieces with oranges, reds, golds and yellow to look as if you’ve come right off the catwalk. Try a chiffon shirt (top button done up, of course) with a loose, silk skirt for a look that packs a punch. Combine with brightly coloured accessories that match the colours in your print, such as our Red Hermes Birkin Style Lightweight Holdall With Lock And Key for £19.99 or to style up your shoes, check out our Purple Patent And Suede Style Peep Toe Stiletto Brogues – Sale Was £34.99, now available for the small price of £19.99!

Versace styled them with perms and leg warmers in the 80’s. D and G styled them clashing and in silk in 2012. Question is, how will you wear your silky scarf prints for summer 2012?

By Meg Dixon - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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