When I open my closet there’s a section that greets me, no matter the time of year: a big block of floral dresses. A style I maybe would’ve turned my nose up a decade ago, floral midi dresses really have become my fashion go-to (read more here) because they’re just so effortless. When you don’t know what to wear, aren’t quite sure of the dress code or need to take yourself from serious meeting to after-work cocktails, a floral dress really does have you covered. In the warmer months it’s easy to throw on a pair of sandals and grab a pair of sunnies, but when the nights draw in and there’s a chill in the air, how do you take this traditionally spring-summer look into the colder season? If you’re wondering how to wear floral dresses in winter, or simply want to get the most out of your unworn sundresses, let me give you a helping hand…
It can be tricky to get the floral dress thing right past September, but if you stick to a darker colour palette you really can’t go wrong. Opt for dresses with a black, navy, brown or berry coloured background, because these will flow seamlessly with the darker layers and accessories of the season; if you’ve ever felt like your florals just aren’t working, it may be as simple as trying to wear a super spring-like pattern or tone with much heavier textures and tones. A darker base doesn’t necessarily mean dull though, as this Marks & Spencer number proves; you could easily wear it with strappy sandals and a basket bag as much as with a leather jacket and boots.
My next tip is to pull out key colours from the floral pattern and work them into your layers and accessories: whether that’s via a jacket, scarf, boots or bag, work with the palette the dress provides and you’ll be rocking an effortless look in no time at all. This dress had really beautiful tones of mustard, tan, purple and nude which I matched via my suede boots, leather bag and woolen scarf (which my husband is holding in these pictures!) If you love colour, this is the perfect way to inject it in while still being seasonally appropriate.
I’m also all about the layering, adding in a slip beneath my favourite dresses to give me warmth and phase me into tights. (When these photos were taken I was still resisting the opaques, but I’ve definitely given in this week!) A leather jacket is also an effortless way to toughen up the feminine pattern and material, giving the overall look an edge that doesn’t look out of place on a dreary November day – while keeping you warm too. If in doubt, just add layers!
If you love the idea of a floral dress but don’t know where to start, this is the perfect style that will no doubt suit every style, shape and age. The midi length is super flattering and keeps you warm, the sleeves ensure arms are covered and toasty, while the higher neckline and tie detail gives you the flexibility to dress it up or down. I adore the A-line shape and the fact that it tucks you in just beneath the boobs to create an effortless silhouette; you could wear this every single month of the year – on the beach or to a wedding, to the office or out for dinner. It’s just the perfect floral dress!
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Marks & Spencer Floral Midi Dress | £59.00 | LINK
River Island Tan Ankle Boots | WAS £48.00 NOW £17.00 | LINK
Oasis Leather Jacket | £168.00 | LINK
YSL Large Textured Leather Bag | £1650.00 | LINK
Adexe Black & Gold Watch | £119.00 | LINK