Three Ways to Wear Floral (a guest post)

Although most of us are still doing battle with the harsh winter conditions, spring is just around the corner. Although it might still be a few weeks before we see clearer skies and warmer weather, florals are already making a splash on the catwalks, which will have to do until we can stop and smell the flowers for real.
Head-to-toe florals and clashing floral prints have both been fashion no-no’s for so long, but this season they’ve been a must-have, with matching floral tops and bottoms all over the places for SS/12. If you’re feeling a little apprehensive about embracing the bold florals head on, I’ve compiled three ways you can wear the look without going matchy-matchy or clashing prints. 
Dressing up a casual floral dress:
Start with a casual floral dress and add a smart blazer like this one from Alexander McQueen. Pair with embellished heels and a glitzy bag to add a touch of glam and you’re ready for a night out! For me, the beauty of this outfit is that if you change the shoes and bag it could just as easily work for the office. 
Working pastels and florals:

This season, most designers have had a penchant for florals in bold colours and graphic prints, but if you look around carefully you can still find certain pieces that showcase that classic spring combination of florals paired with pastel colours – like this Acne skirt. For me, the best way to wear this would be to tuck in a blouse that picked up on one of the colours and then add a bag that picked up the other. If you want to add something a little bolder in there, the shoes are the place to do it –  I think red provides great contrast. But if you wanted something more pared down for your feet, neutrals will work just as well.
Mixing florals with the colour-block trend:


This look is about mixing two trends together; combining colour blocking and florals. When doing this, the best thing to do is start with the floral piece and pick up two contrasting colours from the print for the rest of the outfit and accessories – I’ve chosen pink and turquoise. Mix together for a playful, summery look.   
Written by Liberty Howard for adaisychaindream (Thanks Liberty!)

What’s your take on florals? How do you wear yours?


16 comments for “Three Ways to Wear Floral (a guest post)

  1. I love the colour block look- I need the shoes and bag!


  2. I love florals so much, can’t wait for spring. I often try and clash floral prints but haven’t really tried wearing them with brights, those pink jeans are amazing!

  3. I like to clash my floral prints or add some leather or studs to the mix, otherwise I feel too girly. x

  4. i love the pastels look! Loving florals the season!! xxx

  5. I have never thought to wear turquoise with pink before! I hope these pastel colours are prominent throughout the shops this summer! X x x

  6. I love florals and have loads of floral dresses and tops in my wardrobe. I like to toughen them up and wear with leather jacket or biker boots 🙂

  7. Great post! Love all the pieces, and the colours in the work one are super pretty! Wish I had more florals now!

  8. i love the colour block outfit X

  9. Love that blazer in the first picture, great colours 🙂

  10. Love the first outfit 🙂 xx

  11. I NEED that glittery bag in my life!

    Sarah x

  12. the third outfit is my fav!

  13. I love the idea of mixing florals with pastels, outfit 3 looks gorgeous! 🙂

    Caroline x
    Caroline’s Catwalk

  14. Love the first outfit – especially the blazer.

  15. LOVE the first outfit, that bag is gorgeous!

  16. I love the floral skirt and red shoes in the second outfit. x