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All-over-print (AOP) apparel isn’t new, but the AOP design style has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. So, what makes a good all-over-print design and what are the best clothing items for all-over-print patterns? All items are not created equal, so here's what to watch for before you buy.
Why are All-Over-Print Clothes Popular?
All-over-print shirts give you the ability to really stand out and to make a subtle (or not so subtle) fashion statement. When it comes to subtle Disney clothing in particular, all-over-print designs are a really fun design process to explore. 
AOP designs always have a big impact -- whether it’s bold or subtle -- because the design covers every inch of the fabric. We create all-over-print designs on everything from t-shirts and rash guards, to swimwear, skirts and dresses. You don’t often see AOP sweatshirts and hoodies, although it is possible to make them. 
No matter the garment, all-over-print clothing can add flair to an overall look. One benefit that many people like is that AOP garments don’t draw the eye to any one specific spot. Since the print pattern is everywhere, there is no focus on a specific graphic or area of the shirt. 
Still, all AOP patterns are not created equal and there is an elegance to creating a good AOP design pattern. It takes a savvy design eye and a lot of thought to create a great looking item.
The Technical Aspects of a Good All-Over-Print Pattern
The first thing to watch for is that the designer or manufacturer has taken the appropriate care in putting together a quality all-over-print design. 
AI pattern makers have taken the industry by storm, but the majority of these platforms still do not excel at creating truly seamless tiles. This is critical if you care about the details (we care and you should too). 
AOP patterns are usually made by repeating a single tile of the design so that when they are placed together like tiles on a wall, they will align seamlessly on all sides and the pattern will continue endlessly, with no visible seams or glitches. (Note: seamlessly refers to the design pattern and not the clothing…all clothing will have seams of kind.)
So, pay close attention to this when buying an all-over-print garment. Did the designer or company pay close attention to these details? It’s something we are meticulous about here at 1923 Main Street.
In addition to the technical aspects of seamless tiles, the pattern itself should also be attractive to the eye. Regardless of whether the design aims for symmetry or asymmetry, a pattern shouldn’t be jarring. There should be a natural pleasing flow to the design. Usually, it’s obvious to the eye when you look at something whether or not the seller has taken care in thinking through the desired look. If your initial reaction is jarring, that says it all.
The Best Design Style for All-Over-Prints
All-over-print patterns can be bold with large pattern elements, or subtle with smaller pattern elements. They can be bright and colorful, or duotone/monotone and far more subtle. Each of these styles serves a purpose and depending on what you’re looking for, they can all be appropriate choices. 
Big Prints, Small Prints, Light Prints, Dark Prints…
A Hawaiian shirt with big bright florals works well for the big and bold style, whereas a subtle and pale toile style (often monotone) pattern can work well for something like a skater dress or skirt. 
The Best Clothing for All-Over-Print Patterns
All-over-prints works very well on button-up shirts, dresses, skirts, swimsuits and occasionally t-shirts. You want to consider the pattern itself in all cases, as all-over-prints can become dated very quickly if they are not created with a more timeless design perspective in mind.
All in all, all-over-print clothing can add a splash of style to your wardrobe and offer a different look than solid colors or geometrics and the classic graphic t-shirt or sweatshirt. If you pay attention to the technical and design considerations noted above, you’ll become a more savvy and informed all-over-print shopper.

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Amelia Belobradic
Amelia Belobradic is co-host of 1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel News Podcast.
Mike Belobradic
Mike Belobradic is the creator and co-host of the Disney Travel News Podcast at 1923MainStreet.com and a longtime expert on Disney travel.

What is 1923 Main Street: Disney Travel Style Podcast?

1923 Main Street® is an award-winning* Disney travel podcast hosted by Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic. This is your source for the latest Disney travel style news, tips and advice.

Join Mike and Amelia for fun-filled informative discussions as they share the latest Disney travel style news every week. Get the latest style news for travel to Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club (including Disney Aulani in Hawaii and Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida), Disneyland Paris and more.

In each episode, Mike and Amelia discuss everything Disney inspired style, from what to pack for your Disney vacation, what to wear in the parks, styling your wardrobe for Disney special events and more. Mike has over 50 years and 100+ weeks of onsite Disney travel experience, while Amelia brings a younger perspective to the table with 14+ years and nearly 40 weeks of onsite Disney travel experiences at the age of 16. Mike Belobradic is the founder of 1923 Main Street, a casual clothing line #InspiredByTheMagic of Disney and beyond.

*1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast won the Canadian Podcast Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Series in 2022 and has been nominated for Best Podcast Awards at the People's Choice Podcast Awards and the Canadian Podcast Awards.