The fashion industry’s collective infatuation with somewhat cringe-worthy, entirely over-the-top trends doesn’t seem to be waning any time soon. And the latest movement to enter the zeitgeist is no exception. Fashion’s most recent obsession, knot print clothing, offers vintage fiends a way to get their retro revival on—without excluding those of us who appreciate an elegant ensemble. (Maximalist fun with a side of class? Don’t mind if we do.)
Knot prints originally rose to popularity in the late ’80s and ’90s, in large part thanks to Gianni and Donatella Versace’s iconic obsession with the scarf-worthy motif. (You’ve probably seen retro Versace campaigns, featuring the supermodels of the era, clad in designs covered with gilded—almost gaudy—chain links and knots.) Knot prints were among the patterns to make a comeback in 2018’s scarf print clothing movement, but they’re so abundant in 2019 that they’ve earned a trend to themselves. (Patchworks and ornate paisleys, be damned.)
Before you write the knot print clothing trend off as yet another ugly-cool movement, remember that Meghan Markle sported the blossoming trend at Westminster Abbey earlier this year. I’d be lying if I said I was sold on this maximalist movement the movement I first noticed it creeping into my Instagram feed—in fact, I found it willfully tacky. But if it’s good enough for the Duchess of Sussex, it’s certainly good enough for me; Markle has such a knack for rendering anything chic and regal that it was actually her appearance in that knot-print dress that convinced me the trend could work.
With everyone from luxury designer houses to forward-facing fast-fashion brands leaving their spin on the trend, it’s clear the knotted chain motif is here to stay—and I’m actually starting to warm up to it.
1. River Island Chain Print Blouse
Gotta love the boyfriend fit on this one.
2. Chain Print Swimsuit Set
3. Asos Design Kimono Sleeve Romper
Perfect for a warm night out.
4. Chain Print Blouse
Your new go-to office blouse.
5. Chain Print Blouse
This reminds of something out of Miami Vice—and I’m totally here for it.
6. You’ve Chain Your Tune Print Bodysuit
Leopard was another print that we couldn’t get enough of last season. Now you can have both.
7. Scarf Print Chain Bag
An of-the-moment statement bag with a dash of retro flavor.
8. Ivory Chain Tie-Neck Blouse
This chain print actually has heart charms. Swoon.
Chain Print Wrap Jumpsuit
Over-the-top in the best way possible.
10. Rixo Georgia Printed Skirt
The slit cut and knot print together on this midi are the ultimate homage to the ’90s.
11. L’Agence Jane Printed Silk Camisole
Silky camisoles are a warm-weather staple, and this one gets bonus points for adding the trendy motif.
12. Woven Chain Print Blouse
This is actually my favorite.