Vivid colors and patterns can really lift your spirits. This bold and casual paisley dress is a great example.
Bright color? ✓ Eye-catching pattern? ✓ Flattering and comfortable? ✓✓
The dress is described as “A dress that looks as great as it feels,” and that about sums it up.
What could be better than the ease of throwing on a dress? Just add accessories–shoes, bag, jewelry–and go! Gotta love that!
Bold and Casual Paisley Dress
One of my favorite things about this dress in particular is the paisley print. Paisley was super big in the 60s and actually dates back to the 18th Century. American quilters called it “Persian Pickles” in honor of the Persians who first invented the pattern used mostly in intricate Kashmir shawls.
Here’s a fun fact: George Washington even wore a paisley bandana during the Revolutionary War!
However, it earned its name from the town of Paisley in Scotland, where the pattern was further developed and spread around the world. You can read all about paisley in this fabulous post, A Brief and Amusing History of Paisley, on the blog Suzie Quilts.
Those of us of a certain age, however, remember this popular pattern worn by lots of men and women in the 60s. The Beatles and the Hippies further popularized it in the Summer of Love, 1967. That’s where it became synonymous with psychedelic.
And a final fun 60s fact: The company Fender made a pink paisley version of their Telecaster guitar, by sticking paisley wallpaper onto the guitar bodies. How cool is that?
The Paisley Dress
This vivid and colorful print dress reminded me of Lily Pulitzer, who makes those bright and colorful print pieces. They are a bit pricey, so the price of this little number was just right. (Plus the percentage off.)
Paisley Sheath Dress (Misses, Petites, and Plus Sizes)
Now, this dress is called a “Confetti Paisley” print. For the life of me, I cannot find where this name comes from. However, confetti paisley is a somewhat common description. Does anyone know where this term comes from?
In addition to the pretty “Confetti” paisley, it has a cute ladder detail at the back.
The hem is rounded, and it has pockets! The fabric is a cool and comfy cotton blend, so it will work from spring to summer.
It doesn’t wrinkle and will be perfect to pack into your suitcase once that long-awaited trip arrives!
For cooler spring days, add a denim jacket. Your usual indigo blue or light wash blue works, as does a pink or white denim jacket. I love the pink against the pattern. Check out this similar cropped pink jacket, this affordable blush pink jacket, or this cute trucker jacket in pink.
Comfy wedge sandals complete the outfit.
Are you ready to add some pattern and color for spring? Try this bold and casual paisley dress for easy style.