August 22, 2012

Floral frenzy!

Don’t let the weather fool you because florals are big this season! As Spring approaches, it’s a great time to lighten up our style and embrace fresh and feminine fashion. The up and coming blossoming flowers provide perfect inspiration for the floral trend, which will take you right through to summer.

Floral fantasy prints showed up on runway clothing from Prada, Valentino, Rodarte and Ralph Lauren. They’ve also made an impact in affordable stores such as Sportsgirl, Forever New and Dotti. From the jeans, to the sweater, to the dress, to the shoes, this look is a complete floral explosion and there are plenty of opportunities to add some flower power to your look. The great thing about this trend is that there are so many different styles from delicate and feminine floral prints to more bolder and brighter prints, so you can adapt it to suit your mood and personality. Here are a few ideas on how to rock this super trendy print.
Picking a size: 
Although the traditional “ditsy” floral print will always be popular, this season you can also expect to see more contemporary large, statement-making graphic florals on clothing – perfect for those who want to stand out from the crowd. Unsure of where you want to land? You can never go wrong with medium-sized florals, but remember, the scale of your floral pattern should align with your figure.
Combining florals with solid colours: 
If you have a printed skirt, you can wear it with a one-coloured shirt; it can be the colour matching the pattern on the skirt or you can go for a totally different colour to add edge and contrast. If you wear a printed top, you can go for one-coloured pants. Floral pants are a firm favourite – wear flats for a casual look or slip on heels and a blazer for a night out. If you’re wary with prints, this is a great way of adding the trend into your outfit.
Pairing floral on floral: 
You can either go for the classic matching floral suit – pants and a blazer, or you could pair two different styles of florals in the same outfit. Either way, no one says that you cannot wear a floral-on-floral combo. However, I would suggest sticking with medium-sized florals and going for clean lines and a more structured look with capri style pants, to avoid looking overdone.
Going girly: 
Floral print is a definite staple in the girly-girl close. A floral skirt or dress will help you to create a flirty, fashionable look for the day. Try a maxi dress, which is flattering for all body shapes, or if you want to show off your figure more, choose a short style dress.

Going edgy: 
With the right outfit, floral print can also have an edgy feel. Try going for larger prints in darker colours and pair a feminine floral with tougher accessories. Think a floral print dress with a leather jacket and oxfords, or floral print leggings and a black tunic.
Making a statement with floral accessories: 
Floral print accessories are a great way to try the floral print trend as the season transitions. A floral print umbrella, sunglasses or pair of shoes will brighten up your day without looking over-the-top. You could even try incorporating it into your outfit by wearing a statement accessory piece such as a necklace or oversized pair of studs. This way you’ll make an impact, but still remain subtle.