Strive to be picture perfect

Topshop cloud print cami top, �22 (
Topshop cloud print cami top, �22 (
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A BIT of sunshine, school holidays and Olympic beach volleyball... summer has officially landed.

But if you can’t escape to the tropics this year, do the next best thing and wear them!

Matalan Be Beau tropical print t-shirt, �7 (0845 330 3330/

Matalan Be Beau tropical print t-shirt, �7 (0845 330 3330/

Fashion has taken inspiration from exotic destinations with photographic prints that look like they’ve leaped straight from the front of a postcard.

Think sultry sunsets, swaying palm trees and even pink flamingos.

Designers such as Dries Van Noten and Mary Katrantzou set the trend using the deep blue sea, exotic flowers and striking landscapes as lifelike picturesque backdrops.

Let your print take centre stage by keeping the rest of your outfit and accessories low-key.

Love Label floral printed skirt, �14 (

Love Label floral printed skirt, �14 (

These colourful pieces are guaranteed to give you that getaway glow wherever you are in the world...

Hawaii Five-O: Say “aloha” to vivid palm prints with H&M for WaterAid’s Hawaiian-inspired print blouse that looks like a retro Polaroid shot, £19.95.

Hot pink: Whether it’s infinity pool or paddling pool, make a splash in Marks & Spencer’s flamingo and beach print halterneck swimsuit, £35.

Bay bag: Picture the scene: overlooking a hotel balcony in Cannes with a glass of something cool. Now you can carry the vision with you by toting ASOS’s photographic print bag which sports a faded photo print, £20 (

Get waisted: Trip to Bognor beach? Kick back and pretend you’re on Seychelles sands with Only’s tie waist palm tree print top, £19 at House of Fraser.

Print parade: Get into holiday mode with Miss Selfridge’s paradise prints. Play matchy-matchy with the bird print shirt, £50, and skirt, £45, or wear the Hawaiian-print dress, £85, to make your lower half picture perfect.

Scenic chic: Flaunt a holiday tan with a postcard print. Bring back memories every time you look down at your bronzed legs with Love Label’s floral printed mini skirt, £14 (

Cloud gazing: It’s not all blue skies and sunshine. Topshop’s cloud print cami top captures the vista on a moody monsoon day, £22.

Sundowner style: Try a futuristic bikini. French Connection’s palm print prepares you for your daily sunset view from the beach; top, £15; bottoms, £15.

Paradise found: Sorry Liz Hurley, plain white jeans are o.v.e.r. Mother’s paradise print jeans are sure to be a summer talking point at home or away, £168 (

Seeing double: Mirror prints are a big trend. Bask in the reflection of Matalan’s Be Beau tropical print t-shirt featuring waterfall, palm leaves and hibiscus, £7.