One of my favorite summer prints is toile or chinoiserie. The delicate pattern feels so fresh and airy for hot summer months. I’m always a fan of blue and white color combinations for warm weather, and this print is re-imagined in new styles and graphics for a fresh take on an old classic.
While writing this post, I got to learn more about the origins of this beautiful print. Toiles were originally produced in Ireland in the mid-18th Century and quickly became popular in Britain and France. The term “Toile de Jouy” originated in France in the late 18th century. The word “toile” comes from the French word for linen cloth. The word is shortened from the full name toile de Jouy, which means linen or cloth from the town of Jouy-en-Josas, in the suburbs of Paris. Toile de Jouy was a specific type of linen printed with romantic, pastoral patterns in a single color—usually black, blue, or red—on an unbleached fabric.
Although the word toile means fabric, the word toile has evolved to also refer to the original design aesthetic of the fabric. Toile designs are also popular for non-fabric items such as wallpaper and fine china.
My Look: Similar top, Not the same Maje skirt (sold out from last year) but this $35 INC International skirt from Macy’s is practically identical, Margaux x Gal Meets Glam navy mules, Atrio Tiles porcelain bracelet, Similar pearl earrings.
Here are some of my favorite pieces – from dresses to jumpsuits to bikinis – in the print of the season! There’s an outfit here for every occassion – whether you’re grabbing brunch, headed to the beach, or getting together for a formal family event, this print is a great way to make a statement this summer.
Bloomingdales square neckline midi dress ($98) // Loft trellis garden top ($31) // Aerie triangle bikini top ($28) and bottoms ($25) // Shop Akira ruffle mini dress ($60) // Loft trellis garden ruffle jumpsuit ($60) and plus size version // Aqua ruffle skirt ($48) // Mestiza large bow dress ($495) // Donna Morgan short sleeves ruffle hem dress ($89) // Alana Gunn Tasman One-Piece Swimsuit ($128) // Pax Philomena Isadora maxi dress ($155) // Talbots blue floral jacquard blazer ($65) // J.Crew button-front maxi dress in mixed block prints ($138) // Alana Gunn Wilson Ruffled Bikini Top ($68) and Bottoms($68)
If you’re looking for a more subtle way to embrace this pattern, here are some of my favorite accessories for you to dabble in a busy print in a less obvious way. From delicate jewely to statement shoes, there are plenty of ways to add a dose of toile into your daily style.
Lisi Lerch Ginger Jar earrings (clip version too) $68) // Azulejo Weekender Bag ($40) // Gal Meets Glam x Margaux ballet flats ($195) // Fraas Floral Scarf ($98) // Matchstick Tiles Atrio earrings ($50) // INC Toile-Print Trench Coat ($53) // Keds Women’s Champion Floral ($55) and at Talbots // Hoops Atrio Earrings ($54) // Robo-Toile Scarf ($60) // Double Earrings Front Back Portugal Tile Filigree Ball ($38) // STAUD Billie Wedge Slides ($165)
I hope this post gives you lots of inspiration for incorporating this intricate print into your wardrobe! Happy styling!