Top 5: Florals

April 27, 2009

Daily Digest

Top 5: Florals

Floral is an easy pattern to find this summer for weddings, garden parties and holidays.  Maximise your purchase by finding a dress that will suit both daytime and evening wear.  Read on for three tips on how best to wear floral and our Top 5 floral picks from what’s available in the shops.

How to wear floral

WSW Tip # 1:  Add accessories in one of the colours from the pattern to balance the overall look.  For example Jennifer Aniston matched the grey colour in her floral dress with her Christian Louboutin shoes.

WSW Tip # 2: Choose the right size pattern for your figure relative to your height and build. Petites don’t go for big, bold, abstract patterns. This will drown you so to speak.

Taller or fuller figured should avoid too small a print as it makes you look even bigger. To select the right print size, it needs to be in proportion with your body.

WSW Tip # 3: Stick to one floral item. If you don’t want to embrace this full on trend, go for floral accessories – a bag, shoes, jewellery or even a scarf.  Limit this to one statement accessory at a time.

Top 5 florals

1.  Jennifer Aniston stepped out of her comfort zone and wore a blue, grey and white floral dress at the Paris premiere of Marley & Me.  Aniston teamed her Balenciaga dress with opaque tights and elephant grey Christian Louboutin shoes, an outfit perfect for the transition from winter to spring when you’re not sure quite what to wear with a dress.

To steal Jennifer Aniston’s style, French connection comes to the rescue with a near identical take on the Balenciaga dress with this fairytale panache dress (€62) with square neckline.

2. This Maxi dress from New Look (€39) means you go head to toe in this pretty trend for summer 2009.  The Maxi dress is super long and still going strong since its style resurgence in 2007.

Wear as a day dress for an unexpected option with a simple pair of flat sandals which can be swapped for a high heeled pair for a night time look.  If your dress is long such as a maxi dress, the  colour of your shoes won’t matter as much as they won’t be seen.

3. This mid length, Piano dress (€123) from Monsoon is an elegant option for those of you who like black with a hint of colour. The halter neck style is best for larger busts and comes in 100% silk.

4. This French Connection shift in green with navy and floral detail also comes in black, white or blue backgrounds. The online French Connection shop has a specific floral section on their website where you can search for dresses or separates.

5. Finally, if you think that  a floral dress is too much for you, opt or a skirt like this “See by Chloe”skirt from Urban Outfitters (€230) which is ultra funky with its geisha like print. It has pleat detailing down the front with two pockets at the hips.

To complete the outfit, pick one of the colours from the skirt and wear as a top so that it blends together rather than your top sticking out like a sore thumb.

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