5 Ways to Wear Floral Patterns
A shift dress in dreamy tones offers a flattering, body-skimming cut. Another plus: The all-over print keeps eyes moving, pulling them away from problem spots.
To buy: Amy Matto rayon-and-spandex dress, $199 (please use the code REALSIMPLE at checkout), amymatto.com. Julie Vos earrings with semiprecious stones, $165, julievos.com. Call It Spring faux–patent leather shoes, $40, jcp.com.
Two very different but ultrafeminine textures pair beautifully: airy chiffon and tone-on-tone brocade, all in a swirl of soft pinks and muted grays.
To buy: Costa Blanca Clothing chiffon top (available late March), $58, lulus.com. Simply Vera Vera Wang cotton pants, $54, kohls.com. Ivanka Trump Handbags faux-leather bag (available early April), $125, lordandtaylor.com for stores. Julie Vos labradorite earrings, $95, julievos.com. R.J. Graziano plated-metal bracelets (available late March), $30 for the set, rjgraziano.com. Franco Sarto suede-and-leather shoes, $85, macys.com.
How to transition easily from April showers to May flowers: Top jeans with a raincoat when the weather calls for it. Out comes the sun, off goes the coat; roll up the pant cuffs, and slip on a pair of metallic flip-flops.
To buy: Old Navy cotton trench coat, $40, oldnavy.com. Dolce Vita silk top (available late March), $154, dolcevita.com. [BLANKNYC] stretch-cotton jeans (available late March), $88, blanknyc.com. Mondani Handbags vinyl bag, $55, 800-847-0072. Simply Vera Vera Wang gold-tone earrings, $30, kohls.com. French Connection leather shoes, $140, frenchconnection.com.
Boho to the maxi: Tiers of silk bloom with a garden’s worth of flowers. Pair a flowing dress with comfortable height-boosting stacked heels or (if you’re tall enough to pull off flats) sandals. Keep jewelry delicate to balance large-scale florals.
To buy: Greylin silk dress, $160, 615-292-9399. Blu Bijoux gold-plated crystal earrings, $28, maxandchloe.com. Chloe & Isabel gold-plated bracelets, $25 for a set of two, chloeandisabel.com. Franco Sarto leather sandals, $89, macys.com.
Floral prints are not for you? A lacy floral overlay on a skirt offers a subtler take on the trend. The bold tangerine underskirt peeking out modernizes the look.
To buy: Topshop polyester skirt (available late March), $98, topshop.com. Loft silk top, $44.50 (available late March), loft.com. Banana Republic necklace with glass and acrylic beads, $69.50, bananarepublic.com. Simply Vera Vera Wang mixed-metal earrings, $14, kohls.com. Charles David snakeskin shoes (available late March), $180, charlesdavid.com.