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The very best prints on clothes (that aren’t florals)

Look, flowers are lovely. We all love flowers. Like blue denim, black boots or stripy tops, florals are one of those eternal fashion staples that never really go anywhere – they just get reinvented, subtly, every season.

But flowers are not the only print, and once you look beyond the bouquet of flora on the high street you will find there are tonnes of awesome patterns and motifs to drape yourself in this autumn.

There’s a whole sea full of mermaids. A galaxy of stars and planets. Doodles? Oodles! Avocados? Roll up, roll up.

Ladies, we’ve found the real prints charming…

Rolling stones


Holy guacamole, look at this dress. The best thing is, you could drop your breakfast down the front and nobody would even notice.

Avocado t-shirt dress, £12.99, Zara


Picasso much

Simply Be dress

Why would anyone buy an LBD when you could have a LBPYBGWD? This 60s-esque dress from Simply Be is giving us all kinds of good vibes.

Sleeveless dress, £25, Simply Be


Doodle bug

Doodle print shirt

We never realised we wanted to look like the human version of the back of a Geography textbook – until now.

Drawing print top, £17.99, Bershka


Put a ring on it

Monki print dress

From a distance, it’s just a cool graphic print – but look closer and BEHOLD, this dress is covered in tiny ladies in rubber rings! They’re having a great time! And so will you, wearing it.

Sleeveless print dress, £25, Monki


Galaxy quest

Space print t-shirt dress

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… someone designed this ridiculously gorgeous t-shirt. One day you will go to space, but this help will keep the dream alive in the meantime.

Space print t-shirt dress, £12.99, Zara


Zig-a-zig ah

geo print top

Oh hello, pop (art) star. If cutesy motifs aren’t your thing, this 60s-inspired chevron tile print will look all kinds of amazing with black tights and ankle boots.

Geo print top, £14.99, New Look


Top and tails

Mermaid print shirt

Because tottering round the town centre in a tail on the weekend isn’t entirely practical, live your Ariel fantasies through Zara’s beautiful mermaid-print shirt instead.

Mermaid print shirt, £19.99, Zara


Spike it up

Cactus dress

Just when you thought we’d reached peak cactus, those spiky succulents started popping up on clothes, too. This pretty frock will last you AGES and work for every occasion with minimal fuss and maximum impact. Just like a cactus, really.

Yumi cactus print dress, £30, Tesco

Twinkle twinkle

Star print shirt

What could be cosier than a pyjama-style top, except a pyjama-style top covered in dreamy stars? Also great for those ‘what are you talking about Mum, I AM dressed!’ moments.

Star print shirt, £22, Nobody’s Child


Pup in boots

pink dog print socks

Because flowers die after a few days, but puppy love is forever.

Smiley dog print socks, £3, River Island

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