Banana Republic top, $69, and M&S Schmalberg pin, $25
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.