Trend Watch: The New Florals

Spring is bursting forth from coast to coast, and from rain showers to warm fronts, the weather is reminding us that is time to shop. There are so many great trends this season that work for busy moms, and one that is way working for us is flower power. Depending on what a girly girl you are, you can go all out with this trend, or just infuse a standard outfit with a little punch of florals to brighten up and modernize the look. Here are some ideas, from dreamy splurges to budget-conscious must-buys.

Super-subtle:

Rather than screaming, “I’M ON BOARD WITH THE FLORAL TREND,” low-key girls can work it in a blend of whites, creams, and grays. These jeans from Forever 21 feature a soft all-over rose print in muted neutrals that can be brightened up with a red or pink top, or kept quiet and paired with a black tank and little black moccasins.

Gray and cream rose print skinnies, $26.90, forever21.com

Or, you could blow your savings on a floral-on-floral gray and white blouse and pleated skirt from Marc Jacobs RTW. This delicious spring pairing works with platforms, flats or bare feet.

Gray and white floral cotton top ($450) and bejeweled skirt ($825), marcjacobs.com

 

Asian Influence:

Oriental and bold Hawaiian undertones were a constant theme on the spring runways (anyone remember Stella McCartney’s collection?), and this is a great way to perk up your party look or just feel fabulous for a day of errands around town. Scope this steal from TopShop, a smock dress with oh-so-now floral detail and chic color blocking. Its T-shirt dress feel and shape make it an easy piece for you to slip into, yet its high fashion look means you’ll turn heads.

Balinese Border smock dress in polyester, $92, topshop.com

Runway inspiration… Stella McCartney’s Spring dress.

Multicolor tiered Hawaiian print dress, $1,685, stellamccartney.com

Pretty in Pink:

Some of us just crave pink. Why disappoint your inner little girl? A pale pink, all-over floral print dress could be the ticket to creating your favorite spring outfit. All a dress like this requires is a pair of nude heels. And you.

screenshot taken from Piperlime.com

Tucker Sleeveless V-Neck silk dress, $368, piperlime.com

Shop the “Girl on a Budget” section at Piperlime for expertly curated, on-trend options at more reasonable price points. This high-low hem sundress with pink buds all over is under $50 and has similar appeal to the style above.

screen shot taken from piperlime.com

Ya Los Angeles floral dress, $49, piperlime.com

Get Grounded:

A bold floral shoe is the unequivocal answer to the classic question, “How do I bring this blah outfit to life?” Whether you’re rocking jeans and a white t-shirt, a simple black shift, or a more inventive pairing of patterns, you can always throw on a flower-print shoe to brighten things up.

Runway inspiration…Brian Atwood silk screen floral print platform pumps. Sigh.

Courtesy of Brian AtwoodThe perfect pump:

screenshot taken from ninewest.com

Beautiful flowers in a rainbow of colors decorate these mid-height spring pumps, $59, ninewest.com

Sweet little flats:

screenshot taken from saks.com

You can achieve Brian Atwood blue and white floral shoe joy (or something close to it) with these DVF ballet slippers. Flower bud print in white on crisp French blue, $175, saks.com

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Jenny Studenroth is a cosmetics junkie and bridal blogger from New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2007 with a creative writing degree, she went on to the beauty departments at Elle and the Wall Street Journal magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. Her wedding blog is BorntobeaBride.com. Jenny and her husband Josh split their time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC along with their cat Dolce and pup Harry. The family is expecting their first human baby in the fall.

Comments

  1. I’m obsessed with the summery floral dresses! Heading to Paperlime and hoping the dress you featured above is not sold out!

  2. I GOT IT!

  3. Those Brian Atwood silk shoes are awesome.

  4. Those F21 skinnies are awesome!