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How to Wear Floral Print

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Every year around this time, floral prints start to emerge on the fashion scene. It seems as if when warmer weather begins to hit, the need to “lighten up” our style comes along with it. Most of us start highlighting our hair, wearing pastels, and embracing a girlier, more feminine aesthetic. Floral prints are a great incarnation of this feminine spring style, and lucky for us, they’re super trendy!

Whether you choose a floral print dress, leggings, or a pretty floral top, there are plenty of opportunities to add some flower power to your spring look. This guide will show you how!

General Tips for Wearing Floral Print

Pick a size. We’ve all seen traditional “ditsy” floral print–dainty, feminine, and totally classic. While this look will continue to be popular, this season you can also expect to see a more contemporary take–large, statement-making graphic florals, on tops and dresses. Middle-of-the-road kind of girl? Mid-range floral might be your thing! Expect to see medium-sized floral prints on leggings and patterned tights.

Floral Print Clothes and Accessories

Product Information: Mina Flower Print Dress, Asos. Sheer Genius Floral Top, Piperlime. Floral Print Tube Dress, Arden B. Large Floral Cami, Miss Selfridge. Floral Chiffon Cami, American Eagle.

Make a statement. Floral print accessories are a great way to try the floral print trend as seasons transition. A floral print umbrella or pair of shoes will brighten up your day without looking over-the-top. If you’re wary of this trend, try incorporating it into your outfit in a statement accessory piece–you’ll make an impact, but it will still be subtle!

Floral Accessories

Product Information: Ditsy Floral Bangles, Monsoon. Blue Floral Scarf, Dorothy Perkins. Floral Vision Glasses, ModCloth. Dr. Martens 1460 Floral Wildpoppy Boots, British Fashion Underground. Louche Padded Floral Bow Headband, Joy.

Outfit Inspiration

1. Go girly. Floral print is a definite staple in the girly-girl closet: think Lilly Pulitzer meets Vera Bradley. If southern-inspired style isn’t your thing, you can still create a totally girly look by picking up your favorite skirts, dresses, and blouses in tiny floral prints. Traditionally girly styles are made even more feminine with the addition of this fun print.

How to wear floral print

Product Information:Vila One Shoulder Flower Print Dress, Asos. Encrusted Flower Ring, Topshop. Miss Me Finn Paent Sandal, Delia’s. Disney Couture Jewelry The Tink Crystal Wrap and Leather Charm Bracelet, Karmaloop.

2. Go edgy. With the right outfit, floral print can also have an edgy feel. Instead of picking dainty pastel florals, try a larger print in darker colors. As a bonus, these darker florals can be worn into cooler seasons, too! Another way to give your floral look an edgier vibe is to 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. Mix and match for a look that’s all your own!

Edgy way to wear florals

Product Information: Free People Poison Apple Floral Dress, Bluefly. Juicy Couture Pyramid Stretch Bangle, Ssense. Chambray Moto Jacket, American Eagle. Minnetonka 5-Layer Fringe Boot, Zappos. Black Thigh High Sock, The Sock Boutique. House of Harlow 1960 Geometric Necklace, The Trend Boutique.

What do you think?

Has floral print been a part of your spring wardrobe in the past? Will it make an appearance this season? Finally, what trends or pieces would you like to see discussed here? Are there items in stores or on the runways that you’re dying to wear, but unsure of how to? Let me know with a comment!

Posted on on February 25, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , ,

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34 Responses to “How to Wear Floral Print”

  1. 1
    February 25th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Which print size is most flattering? I.e.: which would draw more attn to a part of the body?

  2. 2
    February 25th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    In general, larger prints draw more attention, so they are typically more difficult to pull off than smaller prints. Large prints maximize, small prints minimize.

  3. 3
    February 25th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I love this post! I just bought this adorable blue foral print dress from Forever 21 and I can’t wait to wear it. Spring florals are just so refreshing. Great job Lizs!

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    February 25th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Zephyr – thats weird, cause I’d have assumed that if you’re kind of dainty you’ll get swamped by large prints, and if you yourself are larger than small prints can look kind of tentish. To be fair, it does depend on the print. Found this gorgeous webpage with lots of flowery inspiration! http://www.fashion-era.com/trends_2010/2009-trends-floral-dress-style.htm
    Love the site, so so much! Lots of my friends here in the UK are reading now on my recommendation! Keep up the good work xxxxx

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    February 25th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I love the post! can you put later more possible looks please? (:
    and maybe some rose ribbon headbands or so.. thank you very much!
    I love the site and I’m a daily follower from mexico (:

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    February 25th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I like this post.. floral prints IMO have always been in… it’s just an easy way to make your outfit feminine!

    I like to wear floral prints with stripes or polka dots… I like mixing prints! Floral print dresses with a striped cardigan is easy and cute!

  7. 7
    February 25th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I agree with Parisa above, unless something has changed I was always told that smaller prints were less flattering on larger body types.

  8. 8
    February 25th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    In all my years of watching “What not to wear” i have learned that the rule was that the pattern should “match” the body. i.e. a smaller girl should wear smaller florals while a larger girl is able to pull off a bigger print.
    but then again rules are made to be broken =]

  9. 9
    February 25th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I really like this post. I always look forward to floral prints every spring and to find it not only on clothing but accessories is fantastic! I love the floral print bangles and the bow headband. Super cute!

  10. 10
    February 25th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    it would be nice to have some more looks :D

  11. 11
    February 25th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I have the dress from the last outfit…I got it from F21 though, definitely not Free People lol. It’s really cute on!

  12. 12
    February 25th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I love, love, LOVE florals. Floral dresses and skirts are staples in my closet – not just for spring, but all year round! They’re a little bit flirty, very feminine, and add just the right amount of pop to an outfit. Great post!

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    February 25th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Yay, I just bought today a medium-sized flower printed top. Flowers are in fashion every spring, but I haven’t tried this trend yet (since I was 10, that is) and I love it.

  14. 14
    February 25th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    i love this post!! especially the edgy look…it has great balance!
    i love those bangles, too :]

  15. 15
    February 25th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I love this post :] It makes me really want to try to pull off floral prints. I usually avoid them, since I have a sort of younger look, and florals tend to make me look fourteen again. Any tips to prevent this fashion disaster?

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    February 25th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I love floral prints so much, I have a problem of over purchasing floral printer things/floral themed things.
    Actually that could inspire an interesting post-how not to outdo a trend.
    But anyways, I really love the last outfit-but I think it could loose the fringe boots. As much as I love fringe boots, I think they’re outdated for this season. That’s just a personal opinion though. I think ankle cowboy boots in nude or brown, clogs or ankle booties would be more of a chic fashion forward look.
    What outfit suggestions do you have for wearing floral doc martens?

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    February 26th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Parisa, Kayly & Ali – You guys are right. I wasn’t talking about what works for body types, but rather what draws more attention and what is tougher to pull off. In general, larger prints are harder to pull off because they can overwhelm you, but this is always in proportion to your body. Larger body types do have an easier time pulling off large prints than smaller girls for this reason. Sorry if I wasn’t clear!

  18. 18
    February 28th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    love florals! i have 5 floral dresses and 3 black and white floral print skirts.
    i tend to take trends i like, like the florals, and wear them regardless of the season and do as i please. my own take on the fashion .

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    July 31st, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Love the floral chiffon cami by MissSelfridge.. i love floral printed dresses with a little ruffles.. love the feminine touch it transmits :)

  20. 20
    June 24th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I think it depends on the person and the coloring and personality regarding larger prints/smaller prints. I am petite (5’2″), delicate and slender, yet have long limbs, plus I have dark hair and eyes against fair skin (high contrast), therefore I have always been able to pull off larger prints. I don’t even feel the least bit drawn to little dainty prints! But I have a dramatic flair for sure.
    I don’t wear HUGE prints but medium to large! yessss!
    I’ve been wearing florals my whole life for the most part.. a displaced Southern Belle, still in the South though – Southern California, where I can wear a lot of warm weather dresses. :)
    I enjoyed this blog post! Thank you!

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