Rock The Floral Trend This Summer!
There’s one sure way to make wallflowers bloom—a bold print. Loud and colorful retro prints have collided with a dainty rose-patterned blouse for a season where anything goes, just so long as it’s budding. Whether you’re looking to make a splash or just to update your current style, there’s no reason why you should leave that floral dress (or blouse, or handbag) on the rack… embrace the floral trend! Fashion designers and celebrities have embraced bold florals as this summer’s new statement pattern in a number of different clothes and accessories, making it all the easier for you to get a little flowery.
For nights out, consider a bold statement in a floral mini dress for a quintessential ‘60s style, and for nights hanging on the couch rather than the club, snatch up a pair of dressed-up floral lounge pants—you might even dress up your typical loungewear for a quick drink with your best gals. At work, you’ll be sure to wow with a dressy floral skirt with monochromatic print, or, for casual Fridays, a decorative and delicate floral kimono over blue jeans. Florals are all over runways and red carpets this summer, with celebrities and trendsetters like Scarlett Johansson and Hailey Baldwin rocking florals and even real flower crowns. Rose prints and splashy retro florals have dominated runways for the past few months—tops with bold floral patterns matched with minimalist pants, statement gowns, even pattern-mixed outfits for the especially adventurous and fashion-forward.
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But you don’t have to jump far out of your comfort zone to don looks that incorporate florals into your everyday outfits (in fact, you can nix the Coachella flower crowns altogether). Whether you’re looking for a stellar day-to-evening outfit, or a beachy summer vacay look, here’s our tips for adding a little bloom to your life.
There are plenty of ways to incorporate understated florals into your work attire. Consider combining a few of the season’s trends with a bold floral skirt, paired with a soft pastel blouse or short-sleeve button-down. If skirts aren’t your particular cup of tea, you can even grab up some colorful and ‘70s retro floral-print pants.
Bold prints making you shy away? Try a more even-handed approach with a high-necked floral chiffon blouse and light washed jeans for a more relaxed work environment, or, for the high-powered corporate culture, pair a floral print blouse on a black or navy background with understated dress pants. Or, take leaves out of Selena Gomez’s or Emily Ratajkowski’s books with an understated floral summer dress, either with spaghetti straps, or for more formal office attire, a retro ‘40s look with a delicate print. A well-tailored shift dress in a floral print will make a natural staple for your summer work wear, and you can pair your summer dresses with sneakers for when you’re off work, and with colorful flats or heels for when you’re getting down to business.
At the Beach or the Pool
It’s summer, and the perfect way to cool down is a day at the pool–or, preferably, a week at the beach. If you’re looking to update your beach-ready outfits or looking to find the best retro bikini, try a series of cover-ups and swimsuits in a variety of contrasting floral patterns. Even if you’d prefer sunning on the sand to get the best summer tan possible, you’re sure to make a big splash.
For example, complement a large-print pink floral cover-up with a contrasting yellow bikini for a statement both on and off the sand. Pair a floral bikini or one-piece under a crochet fringe cover up or try a sheer pastel kimono with a cut-out swimsuit for that extra wow factor. For a look that can go from the beach to the local seafood grill, throw a Emilio Pucci-inspired floral print maxi dress over your swimsuit. Add a pair of sandals in a bold color, such as pink or green, for the ultimate resort look.
Out and About
If you’re running errands, at the grocery store, or doing a little extra shopping for you, you’ll still be eye-catching in a full-length chiffon floral kimono over jeans, or an on-trend floral peasant top with a pair of dressed-up jean shorts. If you’d like to stay a little under the radar while you’re out grabbing essentials, keep it simple—try a faded straight-leg jean with a neutral top, and a floral kitten heel or flat. Add a little visual interest to a tried-and-true neutral outfit with an eye-catching floral belt or bag.
If you’re looking for comfort but trying to dress up the usual yoga pants and a t-shirt, grab a pair of flowy floral lounge pants in comfy, summer-appropriate fabric. Pair it with some understated sandals and a basic tee for a look that’s as fashion-forward as it is comfy. And, of course, there’s nothing wrong with adding a little fun to your usual gym-and-yoga class look. Pair a pink sports bra or tank top with a pair of blue floral yoga pants for a hip look. No reason you can’t look good as you’re finding your center (Ommmm…).
For a Night on the Town
Here’s where you can really go wild! Pattern-mixing was spring’s most-loved trend, and it’s not slowing down for summer. For an especially bold and up-to-the-minute look, consider mixing a plaid or gingham blouse with a dramatic floral coat. Add in some neutral colored pants or monochrome jeans to draw the eye from the pattern overload. Try mixing a striped pant with a floral for a fashionable pattern-mixing look.
Don’t forget that there’s the tropical option, too. Let everyone know you’re on island time with ‘70s inspired bellbottom pants in a tropical floral print. Add some platform heels and a t-shirt. Go full-kilter and make it a bright and colorful jumpsuit. Or, go ahead and break out your funkiest party dress—now’s your time to break out the flower crown, or a pair of floral earrings.
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