Trend of the week: Paisley - boho’s favourite floral motif

East meets West with boho’s favourite floral motif, says Annmarie O’Connor.


From bohemia to psychedelia, the paisley print has always been a free-spirited totem. Originating in Persia, this historic symbol of life and eternity was adopted from Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties by Indian iconography before heading West in the 16th century.

Come the 1960s, the bent cedar pattern would gain mainstream popularity thanks to the Summer of Love, hippie counterculture, and, of course, The Beatles.

Its current redux speaks to the seasonal archetype of the global traveller – beach-bound, sweet on the surf and buoyed up on good vibes. Right on.

The Edit

Paisley shirt maxi dress, Wallis, €90

Isabel Marant Étoile paisley and floral print linen blouse, Farfetch, €280

Paisley kimono, Monsoon, €106

Paisley blouse, H&M, €17.99

Paisley frill bathing suit, H&M, €27.99

Etro printed silk straight-leg trousers, Net-a-porter, €815

1950s Marshall Field & Company metallic paisley turban hat, 1stdibs, €225.69

Paisley tank top, Topshop, €26

Style notes


Beach luxe with a paisley turban, loose robe and drawstring trousers over a bikini.


Nudge your inner neo-hippie with a paisley dress and knee-high cowboy boots.


Master head-to-toe print in a shirt dress/trouser combo - slightly unbuttoned and finished with a hip-slung rope belt.


Be a devil for detail with something from the titular ‘Paisley from Paisley’ range of silk scarves and accessories.

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