I think we can all remember Miranda Priestly’s disdainful “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” in The Devil Wears Prada. Yes, the idea of floral prints for spring may seem a bit cliche, over and done with, but in reality floral prints are nothing to wrinkle your nose at.
For one thing, they are not exclusively the domain of warm months. You can very well wear them into autumn and even winter, as was the trend for AW17. If you looked around in magazines, on blogs and on the street, flowers were everywhere, printed or embroidered. Only thing you need to keep in mind is to adapt the colour palette a little bit to seamlessly transition florals into cold months. For example, a rust or mustard coloured pattern on a navy background will look amazing for autumn or winter. And if you are daring, then you probably wore your slinky, flowery summer dresses with a big furry coat this winter, for that much needed contrast that accentuates them.
Secondly, florals are an easy print to work with, because they are so flattering on everyone. Depending on your body shape, you can strategically use them to distract the eye or to draw attention to a specific area. If you are small on top for example, you can wear a silk top with large flowers printed on it, that will create curves through both material and print. The eye will rest on each individual flower when taking in the overall look, which can visually increase that area. On the other hand, if you want to distract the eye from a thicker part, you can use a small, cluttered flowery print that will give the impression of a more uniform background and will force the eye to glance over that part of your body, instead on focusing on each detail.
Floral prints will also instantly make you look more feminine and natural, so if that’s your preferred look, you can easily integrate florals in your wardrobe. And if you’re skiddish about them or just not a girly girl, you can also incorporate them through accessories, to ease yourself into the whole concept.
And this brings me to my next point- the scope of florals doesn’t end at the pretty, girly and ultra-sweet, but also includes more urban pieces. Lately, designers have been incorporating more abstract floral prints, that give the clothing more of an edge rather than being overly sweet. This is why florals are so awesome, they can seamlessly fit into both categories, that of natural, realistic, classic prints and that of more futuristic, geometrical, architectural ones. And speaking of architectural, have you noticed how popular 3D flowers have become? They are truly special and add an extra pop to your outfit. (Hint, you can also add a 3D effect by using a flower brooch, like I showed you in my video).
Last but not least, this print can be integrated in your outfits in various forms, shapes and sizes. They easily mix and match with other prints, my personal favorite being the stripes & florals combo. They can also pe paired nicely with polka dots or with more linear, abstract prints to offset the sweetness of the flowers.
I hope I’ve given you a new outlook on florals and that you will be more tempted to reach for them from now on. Let me know if you own any floral printed pieces, and if so, how do you like to style them?