It's April, and flowers are starting to bloom all over. They are certainly blooming in stores all over New York. Why not pick some and create some new spring looks. As in nature, there are so many varieties of blossoms to choose from. Boho to structured looks, street style and more, what ever your style is, there is a floral for your style. Try the Alexander McQueen rose printed blazer contrasted with a white eyelet dress is a fabulous new way to wear the look. A great play on masculine/feminine.
Vintage tinged rose motif are for making a fashion statement. Romantic daytime looks in filmy chiffons from the cult Australian label Zimmerman, Sporty roses for sundresses and rompers for a weekend vibe, or casual tops to mix with colors colorful jeans bring an of the moment update to your look. How about a pair of rose printed jeans? That's something completely different. Take the look into the night with a divine chiffon pastel blue floral print Gucci dress topped off with a jacket and a pink satin sash.
The Boho florals look even newer when they are executed in tonal neutrals and blues. The black ground prints have a gypsy vibe, and are shown on mini dresses, maxi dresses, blouses, rompers and skirts. Wear them head to toe, or toned down with a solid top or bottom.
If you aren't into cabbage roses, smaller scale floral prints are may be offer a fresher take on the floral trend. They look right in super casual looks, as well as flowy and also more structured dresses. Simple accessories work best with these prints.
Mid scale prints come in a variety of colors. Bright prints do mix well with polka dots or tie dyes. The lively colors will make your skin come alive with a summer glow. And the dark ground prints are sophisticated and are sober enough to pass muster at work. Florals can go anywhere, if you pick the right ones. Shop with a stylist, and get the look.
Flowers come in so many colors, and they inspire designers to treat prints in many ways. Floral prints lend themselves to extravagant body shapes. Full skirts, billowing sleeves ruffles and more. Nothing minimal here. The bright shades are joyful, and bring the proverbial ray of sunshine into your life. Some are dainty and some are bold. Go for the prints that inspire you.
There are some designers who have never met a flower they don't love. Dolce and Gabbana are nature lovers, who create beautiful floral prints. Their clothing is generally more structured in design, but they too hit the boho note with ruffles and flowers. Large scale florals seeped in pink tones, or a group of citrus yellow flavored prints are clean and from fitting. Their take on patching different florals together is clean and sharp.
Sometimes bigger is better. Gucci has a special selection of watercolor prints especially designed for the collection they showed in Arles France. Under Cover does some huge mad prints that speak to their avante-garde customer. Evening wear looks hot with huge floral on wide skirted strapless dresses. Flowers come in all shapes and sizes.
Should your style be more minimal, and you are not into boho, why not try some floral accessories to spice up your spring wardrobe. Gucci has brought back the classic Flora print for a collection of bags, totes and slides. Detailed in black or pink, whey will add the perfect pop of color and style. Dior has made a series of beautifully hand embroidered bags. The bags beautifully mix folkloric floral themes with city dressing.
Flowers speak to everyone. Virgil Abloh of Off White might not be the first designer you think of when you think of floral prints. His elevated street wear is on everyone's must have lists. Why not liven up a spring weight parka with bold red and yellow roses. If you speak the language of flowers, red roses signify love and respect, and yellow roses say joy and friendship. You will feel great when you wear this piece, and others will sense your message. If you fashion style takes a more ladylike approach, the Dolce Gabbana spring dress full of bunches of pink flowers not only says that you are chic, but the roses mean grace, joy and I love you. Statement dressing that feels good and sends a feel good vibe. Wear it well! It's time for you to pick some florals for spring.
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