Crazy Rich Patterns: The A to Z List

By Sharon Mosley

September 25, 2018 4 min read

From argyles to zebras, a crazy rich alphabet soup of prints and patterns all stir together this fall season in a mix of fanciful clothes that clash with originality. Fashion designers are breaking the rules and coming up with innovative creations that make getting dressed more fun than ever. From A to Z, here's the list of crazy rich patterns for fall 2018.

—Argyle beguiled. This diamond-shaped design set on the diagonal was named after the tartan of Clan Campbell of Argyll in Scotland. The pattern has been popular with golfers since the 1930s and saw resurgence in the '60s when it became a hit with the preppy crowd. This fall, the argyle-patterned sweater is once again a fashion favorite. Bold, neon colors give argyle an updated twist.

—Brocade brigade. One of the most decorative fabrics, brocade is a fabric featuring a jacquard or raised relief pattern, often woven with metallic thread. Brocade has long been associated with luxurious eveningwear, but it is also used in draperies and upholstery. Remember Scarlet O'Hara and the curtain dress? For fall and the holidays expect to see more brocade worn in the daytime.

—Check, please. Two of the most popular patterns of all time, check and plaid abound in an array of designs. From large blanket squares (popular on capes this year) to houndstooth (looks like a dog's pointed tooth) to gingham (also known as apron checks) to tattersall (think horse blankets made famous by London racehorse auctioneer Richard Tattersall), these designs vary in size and color. And then there are tartan plaids, long known for identifying Scottish clans. But the newest way to wear these classic patterns is to combine mismatched checks and plaids in the same outfit ... Yes, head to toe.

—Flower power. Florals have traditionally been reserved for warm-weather wardrobes, when pastels bloomed for spring flings. But this fall, the fauna has taken a moodier turn in dark hues that will never be considered shrinking violets. These standout floral patterns are meant to be seen, exploding on everything from ankle-grazing coats to thigh-high boots.

—Stripes are ripe. From pinstripes to sailor stripes, vertical or horizontal, stripes are trending this season on both a small and large scale. Multicolored rainbow stripes continue to make big fashion statements, like Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 Emmy Awards, where she wore a colorful gown honoring her father's Eritrean heritage.

Watch for stripes to turn up more and more in the boardroom, too. The menswear pinstriped power suit is making a comeback.

—Zebras and other creatures. Animal prints have become a fashion classic, and leopard print usually leads the way. But this year, you can tame your inner wild child with all kinds of animal prints — tiger, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and even snakeskin. Mix them with florals, checks and stripes for a menagerie that will take you on a whirlwind style safari. At least buy a pair of animal-print boots or a fuzzy faux fur coat. You don't have to be crazy rich to look crazy rich.

Crazy rich patterns mix things up in Gucci's fall collection at Nordstrom.
Crazy rich patterns mix things up in Gucci's fall collection at Nordstrom.

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