Botany 101: How to wear floral prints
By Brittany Anas
Flirty, feminine floral prints are blooming in our favorite stores this spring — and they’re a little bit different from what we saw last year. Floral prints are awesome for the fashionista on a budget. One floral blouse can easily be remixed with your wardrobe. The reason? Most floral patterns are bursting with color and they can cross-pollinate in your closet with skinny jeans, patterned pants or pencil skirts.
A trend alert from Saks explains this year’s “precision” floral patterns: “They are crisply drawn, vibrantly colored and digitally enhanced, bringing to life the true beauty of this season’s blooms.”
Last spring’s floral prints tended to be more abstract. And a few seasons before that, the ditsy floral prints were reminiscent of the 1980’s Laura Ashley prints.
Here are some of our favorite floral prints that have newly arrived in stores, with tips for wearing the pretty pattern.
• Pintucked floral pleated blouse: This lightweight breezy blouse has pretty hues of magenta and green in it. Wear it now with jeans and a pair of tan ankle boots and a cross-body bag for a bohemian-chic vibe, or partner it with a matching fuchsia pencil skirt for an ultra-feminine look. This summer, try pairing the blouse with a pair of white pants for a quintessential summer look. (Forever 21 for $19.80)
• La Festa pencil skirt: Let us introduce you to your statement skirt for the spring and summer. She’s far from being a wallflower. There are so many possibilities for wearing this skirt. For work, pair it with a light-weight denim chambray shirt and a colorful beaded necklace. For weekend wear, try pattern mixing it with a striped shirt. When pattern mixing, let one pattern be more dominant and bold and the other be a little more understated or neutral. Delicate Breton stripes would look great with this skirt. (Anthropologie for $148).
• Marc Jacobs floral dress: A slenderizing dress that is clash-tastic in the best possible way has a unique U-shaped neckline that is flattering. This dress channels a mod 1960’s vibe with a cut that hits near the knee. (Saks Fifth Avenue for $995).
• Floral sheer infinity scarf: Absolutely the easiest and most affordable way to get in on the floral trend is a printed scarf. The canary yellow color is ideal for spring and could give an instant update to a plain white T-shirt. (Kohl’s for $18.99)
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