Freshen Up Your Spring Florals

Spring Florals

Just as fall is associated with pumpkin spice lattes and summer with a cool glass of lemonade, there are some patterns that fit a certain season, whether it’s plaid in the winter or florals in the spring. Spice up your floral patterns and pieces this spring by playing with new colors, proportions and accessories that will have you looking like the ultimate spring dream.

Dress It Up

A daytime sundress may be the first piece that comes to mind when you think of florals; switch it up this season by wearing florals for more formal occasions, whether it’s at work or for a cocktail party. Nail a business-casual look with a black floral shift dress or pair a floral-printed pant or pencil skirt with a silk blouse or button down. If you work in a more relaxed environment or are heading to a springtime soiree, put on a floral blazer or lightweight jacket with a tank, some denim and a great pair of heels.

Freshen Up Your Spring Florals

 

Accessorize on the Flowery Side

If all-over blooms aren’t for you, try just a taste of the trend with a cute floral accessory or two. Statement jewelry like crystal necklaces, delicate earrings and cocktail rings featuring flowers are an easy way to start; another strategy is to carry handbags, wallets or clutches that come in a flower pattern or are adorned with flower appliques. A lightweight floral scarf adds a romantic polish to any outfit, and a flirty floral headband or flower crown shows off your bohemian style.

Play With Patterns

This spring, skip the tiny pattern that’s become a floral standard and go with an oversize print of flower buds that make a major statement, whether it’s on a flowing blouse or a fitted dress. Get creative by mixing your florals with other patterns, like stripes or even polka dots. Keep it from looking too busy by sticking to one color family and a neutral shoe. Layer multiple floral patterns and pieces by pairing a large print with something on a smaller scale and choosing a common color palette to tie it all together.

Spring Florals - Outfit

 

Make the Floral Shoe Fit

Give every outfit a pop of print by slipping into a pair of floral-patterned shoes. Wear a blossom-covered heel or flat to brighten up an all-black or -white look or throw on a pretty printed tennis shoe with your favorite jeans-and-tee combo. If you’re especially bold, use your floral feet to accentuate an already colorful outfit. If you just want a small dose of this springtime staple, go for a laid-back sandal that features flower appliques.

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Mary Avant has worked for several international, national and regional magazines and received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has written on everything from fashion and health to business and food, and she specializes in women's style, fashion and beauty.. Follow him on Twitter / Facebook.