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Trend of the Month: “Tropicana”


Fruity, flowery and fantastical, tropical prints are everywhere. Taking their cue from the catwalk, where Marc Jacobs, Prada and Emanuel Ungaro all served up sizzling, jungle-fever prints, the look is creeping into home interiors, too. So, if you haven’t yet bought into the delights of palm trees and pineapples, flowers and flamingos, it’s time to think about how to use their vibrancy to update your wardrobe and décor.

If you’re into subtlety, there are more muted alternatives to eye-popping bird of paradise colors—think understated colonial chic, and change it up with cushions in lime, indigo, flamingo pink, mango, coral, sunny yellow and tangerine. But if you’re a natural extrovert, be bold, channel your inner samba-singing Carmen Miranda, and just go for it! Kick off with steal-the-limelight sandals and a tribal necklace. Add a touch of pizzazz to your bathroom with tropical towels, and make a beautiful lantern that throws the shapes of the jungle around your walls. Then sit back with a piña colada and enjoy it!


Sewing: Just thread a needle and sew your Swarovski crystals on either by hand or using a standard sewing machine.

Ironing: Make sure the garment is freshly laundered—even if it’s new. Set your iron to “Cotton” (400ºF/200ºC) for five minutes, and iron the area. Place the crystal motif on it with the embroidered side facing up. Now place a cloth over it and, using slow circular movements, press firmly for 30 seconds. Turn the item inside out and iron the back of it for another 30 seconds. Let it cool for a minute. If you can still lift an edge of the patch, then turn it inside out again and iron the back for another 30 seconds.




Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special trend.


The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Tropicana” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Hand Towel Palm Print

  • Lantern Leaves

  • Necklace Summer Colors

  • Shoes Crystal Leaves

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