It’s that time of year, where all around us we see nature slowly starting to melt away the cold of winter and suddenly bloom into spring, from leaves on the trees to greener grass to roses on bushes. However roses aren’t only blossoming in nature; we’re seeing florals in full bloom when it comes to fashion, too. The racks are sprouting flowery pieces a’plenty, in every shape, form, color and scale. From daisies of the ’90s to bold, colorful blossoms and traditional Victorian-esque floral bunches, it’s all about flower power!
I don’t know about you but I couldn’t be happier about it because flowers make me happy! Whether they’re growing in my front yard, sitting in a vase by my kitchen sink, or making a statement on my clothing, I am a flower child through and through. Many people might consider a floral pattern outdated and perhaps something they might find in their grandma’s house. They should be so lucky! Vintage florals are at the top of my favorites list. However, florals aren’t just for your grandmother anymore. They are as hip, fresh, and modern as ever.
So if you are the flowery type and the only time you might consider wearing florals is on your Easter dress, allow me to persuade you to think again! This feminine trend can go rock, it can go business, it can go chic, and it can go casual! Flowers can do anything you want them to. Allow me to show you how with 8 different key pieces that you can wear right now, for any occasion, on any day of the week…
T-Shirts 1 of 8
When I saw this t-shirt folded ever so perfectly on the display table, I instantly fell in love with the bold floral-patterned lettering! The colors offer so many options for pairing it with pants, skirts, shorts, or whatever! I love it with a camo skinny pant and a straw fedora. The sky is the limit, and it's a subtle way of wearing a big trend without having to go big. This is an everyday tee that will take your look up a notch and keep your style on its toes without even having to really try.
Blouses 2 of 8
Here's another item that I had in my closet already. Take a look through your own closet — you just might have some pretty florals waiting to be worn again! Blouses are an obvious yet gorgeous way of incorporating flowery prints into your wardrobe. I love pairing this bold green with the multicolored rose bouquet print, again with gingham, except this time in a navy pant. Yes, it's okay to mix your florals with other patterns! Don't be afraid to go with a bright shoe for an unexpected punch! Florals are all about fun! So step out of the box a little and live it up!
Lounge Pants 3 of 8
I am crazy about this outfit, from the way that it feels to the way that it looks. These comfy lounge pants offer a smaller and more understated floral pattern, and yet deliver big time in levels of chicness. I paired it with a baseball graphic tee in shades that aren't too matchy-matchy but are extremely complimentary! This outfit could be pajamas — it's so comfortable — and yet it remains uber-stylish. Try it for yourself!
Skirts 4 of 8
I bought this skirt shortly after I had London; I loved it while I was transitioning through all of the phases of the postpartum body. I am still wearing it, nearly two years later, as the cut and floral print are flattering and as current as ever and, not to mention, so easy to wear. You can't go wrong with this style. Also, did I mention it has pockets!? I love these vibrant colors of fuchsia, purple, and teal for spring. Add a pink gingham top to add a complimentary pattern to the floral, and tie it up instead of tucking it in for a casual, yet sophisticated look.
Vintage 5 of 8
How do you feel about wearing a full head-to-toe billowing ensemble of red rose buds? I'll tell you I feel superb about it! This is a unique '70s vintage piece that I scored in SLC last weekend at Pib's Exchange. I highly recommend looking at resale shops and vintage stores for some truly unique floral patterns that will both fit in and stand out all at once. This pretty two-piece outfit is in pristine condition, and the sparse but bold buds in bright red against the white make such a lovely and bold statement. Take a trip to a vintage shop this weekend and be on the look out for florals from decades past!
Backpack 6 of 8
Florals aren't just reserved for our clothing but can be enjoyed on a variety of accessories! Having a toddler, I am become partial to the backpack as an alternative to a diaper bag. It's hands-free and easy to tote around while chasing after a busy little one. This floral backpack is packed full of hip, practical style, turning its utilitarian function into a fashion statement. When it comes to florals, don't forget accessories!
Blazer 7 of 8
We are seeing beautiful floral blazers pop up like wildflowers everywhere you look, from Target to Nordstrom to Anthropologie. As we are just at the start of spring, there is still a bit of a chill in the air so we might need an extra layer to keep us cozy till the sun is back in business. I love this lightweight option; the pattern is busy but still understated. Again it works so nicely with another pattern, in this case I opted for a polkadot shirt-dress from last summer. Also, might I add the pop of green that draws the eye towards the leaves in the floral on the jacket. When you incorporate a floral piece into your look, you open the door to a world of color options! Not to mention, this jacket would work both at the office or with a pair of skinny jeans for date night. A versatile piece that offers multiple looks is always your best bet when investing in a trend!
Dresses 8 of 8
Lastly, don't forget about a dress covered in spring flowers! This season I have had my eye on some long, flowing floral maxi-dresses. As I mentioned in this post, the maxi-dress is my favorite go-to "one hit wonder" that is as easy and comfortable as it is stylish. This was another '70s find at Decades Vintage Shop in SLC. The bohemian vibe is right on point and beyond dreamy — both to wear and look at. Channel your inner hippy goddess, and find yourself a floral maxi to groove your day away in.
Dress is Vintage
Photos by Priscilla Chang
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