Florals for spring may not be considered groundbreaking – note taken Miranda Priestly – but this year they have been given a fresh spin by designers on the Spring Summer ’19 runways. Think neon ditsies, oversized blooms, and mis-matched patterns, these are anything but your grandmother’s florals. So, what can you invest in to take you through to the warmer months? Here’s our guide to the top 4 ways to wear bold blooms this spring.
The Occasion Edit
The summer season brings with it a plethora of invitations to weddings, baby showers, and milestone birthdays, so how can you ensure your outfit will get you a spot on the best-dressed guest list? Firstly, consider oversized tropical flowers with a stripe trim a la Zimmermann, second, think about adding texture through pleating and plisse, and third, re-work the codes of ‘occasion’ dressing and go for chic separates with 3D floral embellishments. Of course, don’t forget your accessories; add embroidered heeled mules and the ‘It’ satin pouch as your finishing touches.
1. Flower Beaded Earrings, £15.99, Mango / 2. Pastel Floral Shirt, £99.00, Uterque / 3. MB Dress, £169.00, Sika Designs / 4. Embroidered Satin Mules, £299.00, Malone Souliers / 5. Corsage Linear Dress, £1,650, Zimmermann / 6. Floral Print Pouch, £215.00, Russell and Bromley / 7. Teresa Asymmetric Floral Print Midi Dress, £1,165, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
The Brunch Edit
The forthcoming change of the clocks brings with it the promise of longer days. So now is the perfect time to get your friendship circle out of hibernation and set a brunch date. Whether you’re going for laid-back luxe in a longline tunic over matching trousers or pretty utility in a printed boilersuit, choose to match the season in spring blooms.
1. BDG Floral Boilersuit, £79.00, Urban Outfitters / 2. Printed Bucket Hat, £172.89, 3.1 Philip Lim / 3. Belted Floral Print Tunic, £39.99, Zara / 4. Reclaimed Vintage Inspired Ditsy Floral Dress, £38.00, ASOS / 5. Embroidered Camo Pant, £600.00, Free People
The Beauty Edit
Botanicals and florals were the original ingredients utilised in centuries old beauty regimes, long before they became de-riguer and we were all thinking about transitioning into more natural-based products. Now, as we look to apply fewer chemicals to our outer layers, a number of brands have been looking to Mother Nature for inspiration, from rose water that can help control excess oil to Liz Earle’s lime flower infused Gel Mask that aids in the appearance of even skin tone.
1. Dandelion Brightening Face Powder, £26.00, Benefit Cosmetics / 2. Botanicum OleumPrecious Body Oil, £35.00, Le Couvent Des Minimes / 3. L’Ombre Dans L’Eau Solid Perfume, £38.00, Diptyque / 4. Florika Onyx Eye Mask, £38.00, House of Hackney / 5. Gloss Terrybly Shine, £30.00, By Terry / 6. Balancing Gel Mask, £19.00, Liz Earle / 7. Pure Grace Nude Rose Fragrance, £35.00, Philosophy / 8. Organic Rose Water, £11.99 , The Balanced Way / 9. Floral Utopia Eyeshadow Palette, £29.00, Bareminerals
The Workwear Edit
Give your workwear staples a re-boot by injecting a shot of vibrant florals into your everyday wardrobe, think mixing spots and daisies as demonstrated by Kitri’s Gabriela dress, or go head-to-toe in contemporary tailoring paired back with a feminine blouse and tan western-inspired footwear.
1. Gabriela Spot Print Dress, £145 Kitri / 2. Curve Satin Wrap Dress, £190.00, Tommy x Zendaya / 3. Simone Floral Print Skirt, £179.00, Whistles / 4. Mock Croc Slingback Shoes,£120.00, Uterque / 5. Floral Buttoned Jacket, £451.00, Paul & Joe