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Banana Republic top and M&S Schmalberg Pin
Credit: David Eustace
  • A silk top with a cotton pin pairs nicely with tailored trousers or a slim skirt. The botanical print is grown-up yet playfully splashed with lime.
  • To buy:bananarepublic.com and customfabricflowers.com. Piazza Sempione pants.

Three Foolproof Ways to Wear Floral

Simon Kneen, creative director and executive vice president of design at Banana Republic, offers tips.

  • Pairing a floral print with a complementary solid shade is your safest style bet. Extra-vibrant prints work best against neutrals such as khaki, white, and black.
  • When pairing a floral with another pattern, team the organic motif with a small geometric design, such as stripes or gingham. Don't mix floral pieces unless you're a fashion stylist. "You need an expert eye to be able to choose patterns and colors that work well together," says Kneen.
  • Use floral prints to camouflage trouble areas. For example, a flowery top will conceal midsection bulges better than a plain solid.