You hear it all the time in fashion magazines, ‘ditsy print’ this, ‘ditsy florals’ that, but what does ‘ditsy’ actually mean? What is a ditsy print? It is a question often asked online but seldom clarified.
Wikipedia defines ditsy or Ditzy (American) as ‘Silly or scatterbrained’. Well, this is in the context of a person and sure, you could describe a print as silly but it doesn’t make it any clearer. So here is my explanation, with examples.
What ‘ditsy print’ means
A ditsy print is a tiny scale print with random appearance, scattered placement rather than linear or geometric pattern. Often a ditsy print has multiple orientation, where different elements of the print are different ways up. At a distance the scale is so small a ditsy print looks almost like a solid colour.
Some people mistakenly assume that that ditsy is exclusive to floral prints, however this is not the case. Although ditsy floral prints are the most frequently seen type of ditsy print a ditsy print can be a tiny scattered (maybe multi-directional) pattern of any motif.