Outfit Ideas: 3 Fresh Ways to Wear Floral for Spring

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Floral spring 2013 runway


Image Courtesy of ELLE

I know what you're thinking. In the words of the fierce and fearsome Miranda Priestly: "Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." But, floral prints have been given a makeover recently, going far beyond the usual dainty dresses, blouses, and skirts. This season, be on the lookout for super-bold, super-saturated floral prints adorning unconventional pieces like heels, trousers, and jackets.

Below, I'll show you three college-appropriate ways to wear three trendy floral pieces for spring 2013. Scroll on down to check 'em out:

For Class: A Floral Blazer

Floral blazer, striped tank, boyfriend jeans, flats


Product Info: Blazer- Forever 21, Bag- Target, Top- Buckle, Nail Polish- Essie, Shoes- ModCloth, Bracelet- Saks Fifth Avenue, Watch- Kohl's, Jeans- Uniqlo

Floral blazers are one of my favorite trends at the moment. Blazers always have a polished and professional feel, but a bold floral print keeps things youthful and on-trend, too.

For a campus-ready outfit, pair a striped top with a pair of comfy boyfriend-style jeans. Layer on a floral print blazer for a fun take on the mixed prints trend. Pointy-toe flats keep things casual, while this purple cross-body bag picks up on the colors found on the blazer. Next, accessorize with a cool geode bracelet and a practical gold watch. Paint your nails a pretty turquoise shade to complete this look.

For the Weekend: Floral Shorts

Floral shorts, peach tank, sandals, statement necklace


Product Info: Top- Target, Necklace- BaubleBar, Bag- Jack Wills, Shorts- Ruche, Shoes- Gap, Sunglasses- ASOS

Getting bored with your plain ol' denim cut-offs? Floral print shorts are a stylish alternative that can be worn to create a cute, yet casual weekend look.

In the look above, I paired these colorful floral shorts with a matching racerback tank. This reddish-pink statement necklace not only matches the darker-colored flowers on the shorts, but creates a monochromatic look when paired with the top. Keep the outfit appropriate for spring with a pair of strappy sandals and some oversized shades. A trendy dip-dyed tote adds the finishing touch to this ensemble.

For a Night Out: Floral Print Pumps

Floral pumps, blue dress, citron clutch, mint earrings


Product Info: Bag- Nine West, Dress- Forever 21, Earrings- Aldo, Shoes- ASOS, Eye Shadow Palette- Too Faced

Floral print pumps have been popping up in stores everywhere lately, and they're the perfect way to give an edgy nighttime look a flirty, feminine vibe.

Start by pairing these ankle strap pumps with a blue dress -- I love how this F21 frock shows just a slight sliver of skin. Mint-hued statement earrings add a glam touch, while this citron yellow wristlet contrasts perfectly with the other colors in this look. Lastly, create an easy, nighttime-worthy smokey eye with the help of this palette.

Your thoughts?

How will you be wearing floral prints this spring? Do you already own any of the pieces featured here? Would you wear any of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? Remember to leave a comment below and tell me what you think!