It’s mid-August and the weather is scorching! My weekends have mostly been spent on the lake this year, but this past weekend I went with my mom to St. Louis for a few days, and while we were there, we had a chance to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Seeing all the beautiful flowers and greenery gave me inspiration for my post today! It’s all about floral prints. Yes florals… possibly the most beautiful of all prints around. And right now is the perfect time of year to bust out the floral print dresses and tops.
But unlike seasons past, this year’s floral trend isn’t anything new. Floral print has carried over from last fall and winter and continues to dominate runways and red carpets alike. And, let me tell you, as a floral enthusiast, I couldn’t be happier. It seems like when I’m shopping I’m always drawn to floral prints at every single store- probably because my style is very girly, and floral prints are the perfect way to show off my personal style without being too over-the-top. I’ve gone through phases where I’ve worn floral prints of every kind- from psychedelic paisleys to bold tropical Hawaiian prints to dainty Victorian floral prints.
What’s your favorite flower? If you can’t quite choose between romantic roses, elegant lilies or cute-as-a-button daisies, how about something more eye-catching? This floral dress shines the spotlight on the humble peony- and what a statement it makes. The print is soft yet striking with shades of royal blue, pink and purple swirling on a bed of pale blue. Then there’s a cheeky cut-out effect right on the breastbone to amp up the seductive effect. Sweet and sultry at the same time! I’m loving this dress because so often we think of floral prints as being sweet and innocent, but you can wear something a little flirtier in floral too!
Hi Low Perfection
This next dress is perfect to wear to a summer concert or festival, or to pack on vacation somewhere warm. If you have a thing for retro 60s fashion pieces like fringed kimonos, tie-dyed shorts and bell sleeved tops, channel that bohemian style into your summer look with this hippie chic dress. The At The Resort floral dress has a touch of boho glamour thanks to a floaty high low skirt. On top though, things are kept more fitted and structured with a beige bustier-style top. Together, this is an ideal festival outfit with florals in the starring role!
How about something that’s cute, classy and perfectly in line with the floral trend? This little spring/summer dress easily takes care of all three. Let the warm summer sunshine inspire you to try a floral printed dress with a sweet off-the-shoulder neckline. The cut is structured and tailored to stay in place, making this style ideal for a night of dancing revelry. The pale pastel colors make this a cute option to wear in April around Easter as well. Three cheers for summer dresses!
Old School Comfort
There’s been a real resurgence lately of trends from the past. 90s-inspired cut-off denims and grunge-rock accessories are suddenly all the rage again. We prefer to keep things slightly more subdued though with a look loved by 90s style queens like Gwen Stefani, Kylie Minogue and Jewel (remember her?). Yep, it’s the fitted summer sundress. This Wine Country look is decorated with cheerful red and purple blooms over its fitted A-line shape. This is a gorgeous summer dress that will transition perfectly into the Fall and Winter months as well. Just pair it with a longline cardigan and boots!
A good tailored fit can truly be the difference between an average outfit and an extraordinary one. Lately I’ve been seeing two-piece dresses all over the place. They’re the perfect update to a classic fitted dress. This stylish blue and white two-piece is not called French Film for nothing. It has that certain je ne sais quoi that French styling is known for – exceptional quality to detail and a perfectly tailored fit. Add to that a classic floral print of royal blue and white and what you’re left with is a sophisticated ensemble for trendy mademoiselles the world over.
A Hint of Sexy
We get it – floral clothing can sometimes come across as dated and a little old-fashioned. To bring the classic print into the present day, try playing with more modern cuts and designs. This floor-length maxi dress has that vintage floral motif but its edgy cut and silhouette keeps it current, fashionable and bang on trend. By showing subtle bits of skin on the thigh, décolletage and shoulders, this old-school print is given a sexy new lease on life. Pair it with black gladiator sandals for a chic, modern look that is anything but old-fashioned.
If your style is not overtly sexy, here’s an option to tone the seductive factor of a more revealing dress. Choose a demure floral print. This Floral Fantasy design shows us how summer dresses can straddle the line between daring and demure. A cut-out on the bust might seem risqué at first glance, but due to the elegantly feminine floral motif, things are kept understated and classy. Wear this versatile style to everything from an afternoon tea to a hot date! Also available in Pink.
Are you more conservative than sexy? We hear you. This Lavender Rose sundress ticks all the boxes for classically feminine summertime dressing. The elegant shape keeps the body cool yet covered for an effect that is timeless and effortlessly classy. Been invited to a posh brunch event? Simply style this floral print design with a pair of wedges and fine metallic jewelry and you’re A for away!
When you mention the word ‘floral’, lace is not usually the first fabric that springs to mind. In essence though, it’s the original of all the florals. What’s more – it’s a more subdued way to incorporate florals into your wardrobe. This pale pink romper, for example, is guaranteed to stay en vogue for countless seasons to come due to its understated style. Little lacy sleeves hang easily off the shoulders as a contrast to the figure-grazing silhouette on the body. And with the title Pretty as a Peach, we couldn’t have phrased it any better ourselves!
Full on floral may seem too casual and summery for a formal evening event. Instead, choose neutral colors that are universally flattering with a slight nod to the trend. Here we have a strapless dress covered in black floral lace. This is a great way to wear floral without choosing an over-the-top print. The sweetheart neckline adds some girly charm while the body-skimming silhouette down below takes care of the seductive edge. Complement this stunner with black or beige heels and watch the admiring glances all turn to you! Also available in Blue. If fact, if you’re looking for something in lace, they have a whole page of lace dresses to suit your fancy!