Pringle of Scotland has long been synonymous with sportswear. It was famously golf that introduced argyle to a global audience, but the spirit of iconic, vintage sportswear seems intrinsically linked to a brand with such a significant knitwear history. The lightweight knits of 1930s tennis whites. The instantly recognisable stitch of a cable-knit cricket jumper. Even the statement logo jumpers worn by streetwise football fans. Leisure is Pringle’s natural ‘spring summer’ position; and this Resort collection offers versatile separates that layer into looks that are at once nostalgic and completely modern.
For this new season our Pringle girl is preppy, but with an edge. Her crisp whites with demure jersey skirts are accented with a jumper slung around the shoulders. Yet other looks are built from mod silhouettes; tapered trouser suits in bold all-over check over neat roll-necks, or reference the defiance of sports inspired streetwear with oversized hoodies and slouchy sweaters. A vintage emblem from the 1930s is resurrected, blown to giant proportions as a nod to the ubiquitous logo-first fashion of the 1980s and 1990s.
There are more retro influences in the colour and print palettes. The distinctive (and Pringle-pioneered) argyle, which for many people is an icon of golfing heritage, is often present in new collections. Here, it is patched together in full-knit looks, its preppiness offset by the asymmetrical detailing and colour-pop trims. The use of baby pink and lemon yellow, staple colours of Pringle’s menswear collections during the 1980s, are another nod to famous elements in our archives, reworked and refreshed for modern day.
Resort ’19 also offers an effortless way to build looks for all year round. The idea of ‘constant classics’ is key: easy jeans, wide-leg cotton trousers, a timeless trench. All designed to complement the various weights and styles of knitwear, which in turn offers a new perspective on all-weather dressing. Once again Pringle is promoting and celebrating knitwear as not just for winter – reinventing decades and even centuries-old styles and traditions to present today’s women with versatile, wearable collections – whatever the weather.