For the best part of a decade I was dressed in all manner of floral, frilly and poofy outfits by my mum; admittedly I loved it at the time, but as I headed towards my teenage years and wanted to discover my ‘maturity’ I started to rebel against anything remotely feminine. My favourite outfit consisted of black jeans and a batman tee (I wonder whatever happened to that little gem…) and I vividly remember shopping for Adidas tracksuit jumpers and Fila trainers like they were the height of fashion. It took me a long time to get over the need to dress in a way that was a silent rebellion against my girlie youth (spending ten years dressed in tutus will do that to a girl,) but gradually more feminine shapes and patterns started to make their way into my wardrobe. Open my closet up today and it’s clear I have an obsession with dresses, bold colours and addictively statement patterns, but it took me some time to get on board with florals.
Something in the back of my mind always lead me to associate florals with being overtly childish, but in the last few years I’ve started to embrace them wholeheartedly. I came to the realisation that a ditsy print or rosebuds could be edgy, cool and fun – it’s just how you style them that matters. Hopefully some of my tips will help you nail those floral looks every single time…
OPT FOR A BOLD COLOUR
Worried about looking like a Disney princess? Forget about pastel pinks and nude background colours, instead opting for a bold colour – like this fab yellow skirt I found in Primark. It will not only keep the overall look fresh and fun, but stop you feeling like you need to float about on a pair of sparkly stilettos and feel awkward all day. Black florals are also a great way of nodding to the trend while remaining in your safety zone, especially as you can edge them up with a leather jacket and biker boots.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SHAPE
You don’t have to wear a vintage inspired shape or a dress with a petticoat; the high street is full of unexpected styles, shapes and combinations to keep your floral dress looking on-trend and wearable. I love the ruffle and slightly dipped hem of this skirt, nodding to flamenco styles without me feeling like I want to break open the castanets. Some of my favourite styles are maxi, full sleeved or t-shirt shaped – proving it doesn’t have to nip in your waist to be cool.
KEEP ACCESSORIES SIMPLE
the floral do the talking, keeping the rest of your look understated
and complementary rather than clashing. Although mixing up floral and
animal print can look amazing, it’s probably too much as a first go at
patterns! I love to pick out a tone or two from the print and use it to
work with, but in the summer metallic and straw baskets literally go
with everything. Invest in some classic accessories and the hard work is
ADD TEXTURE & STRUCTURE
easiest way to finish your floral look is with a structured jacket or a
contrasting texture; a denim or biker jacket is the easiest way to do
this, instantly toning down the feminine elements of the pattern and
keeping the overall result feeling modern. Try not to ‘match’
everything, instead creating a little bit of contrast through effortless
finishing touches. Don’t be afraid to break out of the box!
Admittedly florals can be quite tricky to wear if you’re not normally
into super feminine styles, but when you get it right it really does
make an impact. This is one of my favourite looks at the moment, just
because of how effortless and comfortable it is; white tees are the
ultimate companion to a floral skirt or dress (wear them underneath a
strappy dress for bonus fashion points) and you can’t go wrong with a
denim jacket and basket bag.
Special shout out to these
awesome gold wedges from Dorothy Perkins for being super comfy,
practical and affordable – twenty British pounds is all they’ll cost
you! I usually waddle around awkwardly while wearing heels in the day,
but these are actually really comfortable and supportive. They’re
available in a fair few colours and styles too, so make sure you have a
look at their offering!
Here’s hoping the sun returns
enough for us to enjoy those florals alongside a cold glass of Pimms,
but even if it doesn’t – chuck on a biker jacket and a pair of boots and
it’ll take you right through til Autumn.
Simply Be Denim Jacket | £38.00 | LINK
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