Not So Basic Florals for Spring
There’s no greater pick-me-up than a cheery floral print. They blossom on the runways during every spring-summer showing, but somehow manage to continue to evolve and grow. This season saw a myriad of takes on the trend, all of them wonderfully feminine and romantic. From the soft and delicate appliques to the bold Pop-Art prints, each varietal made you stop and take a moment to appreciate its unique beauty – and isn’t that exactly what flowers were intended to do? Have your own track-stopping moment in these bloom-bedecked gowns
Blooming gorgeous! Vibrant aqua and coral hues practically scream island party, though any outdoor event would be all the brighter for their presence. The close-fitting silhouette extends into an ultra-feminine mermaid skirt, a shape echoed by the cape-like overlay extending from the strapless neckline.
Words cannot describe the sheer joy that comes from gliding around a room, with that overlay cascading dramatically around your figure. Let the dress do all the talking (because let’s be honest, it’s going to anyway) and opt for minimal jewelry.
A slinky chain necklace with a single stone and delicate bracelets would be the perfect finishing touch of femininity. Keep your hair long and loose to complement the exuberant feel of this event-ready gown. A strappy metallic sandal will match the intensity of the bold dress’s color palette without competing for attention.
The only thing more unimpeachably feminine than florals is floral lace. Here, the beautiful fabric takes on a navy blue hue, serving as a perfect canvas for hem to hem embroidered roses. Unexpectedly complementary shades of red, pink, and orange create the beautiful blooms, exuding the feel of a late summer afternoon about to turn into a soothingly warm evening.
The texture of the embroidery adds to this homespun aesthetic. This style’s high-necked silhouette hugs the body before it softly drapes into an elegant mermaid skirt, trailing just slightly behind you as you move and mingle. The sophisticated design renders it apt for any elegant soiree, and tops our list for outdoor wedding wear. Hair can be worn up or down, in keeping with the expected level of dressiness for the occasion. Slim silver jewelry in architectural shapes act as an excellent foil for the more demure qualities of the dress.
We recommend finishing the look with a nude or metallic open-toed heel. If it is an outdoor event where a grassy lawn might be a factor, pick a chunkier block heel so you don’t go sinking into the ground.
Blooming gorgeous! These entrancingly abstract florals are anything but precious. The graphic effect they create provides a striking juxtaposition to the cupcake tiers and flounce of the floor-skimming skirt. The same could be said for the color palette. The unusual combination of deep red and plum is utterly impactful – and might be our new favorite pairing for everyday wear as well. The close-fitting bodice highlights a slender waist, its deep V-neckline dipping low past the décolletage.
One of our favorite things about the layered skirt is the way it swishes back and forth with the body, as you walk or sway, making every little movement attractively girlish. Leave your hair down to enhance this quality, or sweep it back into a chignon to play against it – and to play up your sophisticated side. There is enough going on in the dress to allow you to go jewelry-free, or you can stack your hands full of cocktail rings and add some pop color drop earrings.
If you opt for the latter, we recommend outsized pieces in a mustard yellow for a pop color clash. Elevate the look with a high heel in keeping with your accessory choice. A suede shoe with a block heel and open toe in the same mustard yellow would lend a flirtatious finish.