I have mastered the art of seasonally inappropriate dressing. I shiver in sundresses March through May, despise my 30-degree wardrobe by the time VH1 rolls out the first terrible summer pilot, and by August I'm sweating it out in wooly cardigans and ankle boots, defiantly sipping a premature pumpkin spice and wondering why the fuck I'm on episode 6 of something called 'Fleek Season'.*
But if there's one unapologetically summery trend that's seeped into my wardrobe/home/occasional daydream, it's the Martinique print (and its various offshoots, also known as banana leaf, palm frond, or the oh-so-specific "tropical"). The original print was designed by Don Loper as wallpaper for the Beverley Hills Hotel in 1942, and it never really went away—here it is with a cameo in Friends episode The One in Barbados, ft. Rachel's inexplicable arm bandage, and here it is being the only non-lacquered surface in Nicki Hilton's Barbie Dream Bungalow.
Until I can convince my boyfriend that turning our bathroom into a tiny jungle is a brilliant plan, I've been getting my daily intake of leafy greens in the form of printed playsuits, throw pillows, and botched DIY projects. And come December, if you spot Miss Hawaiian Tropic trying to pry her palm-leaf patterned leg out of a snowbank, it's probably me.
*Fictional, but also probably coming soon.