But really, guys. Who doesn't love a good floral in spring? The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the rain is pouring. Time to pack away the oversized sweaters, the blacks and greys, and the leather boots, and whip out the bold prints and bright colours.
But Suzanne, you say! Florals are too girly, you say! Florals are hard to wear, you say! Balderdash. Don't be afraid of florals. Here are a few tips & tricks to conquer your flora-phobia.
1 / pick a floral that suits your style.
Just like any other pattern, florals come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of boldness. If you're going for a more subtle look, choose a small floral that is simple in colour and contrast. If you're looking to make an impact, go for a large, colourful print that will catch the eye. And make sure you choose a floral that coordinates with the rest of your wardrobe.
2 / choose a modern cut & pattern.
Too often, the potential beauty of florals is ruined with cheap-looking, poorly cut tops with large, tacky flowers. If you're going to do a floral, do it right - in a modern cut and floral type . And while florals usually look best in a silky, flowing material, always stay far away from polyester.
Bad floral. Good floral.
3 / dress in the same palette.
I know, florals can be intimidating to wear because what the heck do you wear with them? It's actually not as hard as it seems. You'll never go wrong with this equation:
(something floral) + (something neutral but textured) + (something neutral).
If you want to move past the neutrals and bump it up to the next level, pick one colour out of your floral and add that back into your outfit.
If you will notice in both figures above, they have picked up one colour from their floral and introduced them into their outfits. This is called successful floralization.
4 / keep it simple.
When it doubt, keep it simple. Don't overcrowd your florals with other patterns, tons of colour, or tons of accessories. Florals speak for themselves - they're a statement piece! Don't make them fight for attention. Play them up with neutrals and just a few other small but bold accents.