Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.
Despite the wise, wise words of The Prophet Miranda Priestly, florals are back in a big way this spring (and fall; hello, Jason Wu).
Too often floral prints connote decidedly unsexy things, like your grandmother’s curtains or an Ikea bedspread. And to be fair, that’s not an entirely unfair stereotype; done incorrectly, floral prints can make you look like a walking cliché. Think: suburban mother of four who drives a sensible Honda and enjoys a nice glass of iced wine every now and again with “the girls”. A perfectly respectable occupation (though not the iced wine part. Putting ice in your wine is a cardinal sin and I’m pretty sure if you try that in Italy you will find yourself on the receiving end of an airborne frying pan), but not exactly the image I want to portray to the world as a fun & frisky 21 year old.
As is the case with winning a Mario Kart level or doing your finances, the key to mastering the task of styling florals is BALANCE.
So yeah, maybe don’t pair those bright floral culottes with an equally flower-adorned blazer. Not the move.
I’m not someone who typically wears a lot of patterns, so to ease my way into this trend I’ve taken to pairing bolder items with more subdued things. Statement pieces are my new favourite and no longer have to come in the form of an accessory or a shoe; statement trousers –love love love the cigarette pant trend à la Audrey Hepburn- are just as effective at spicing up an outfit.
Banana Republic is a great place to look for trying your hand at a fresh spring wardrobe, with dozens of new pieces in bright patterns (like floral!) as well as several more classic items you can use to balance those out. Currently obsessing over this tweed moto jacket and these wide-legged trousers that are perfect for summer and would look fab with a louder print.
For this week’s outfit, I paired these BR cig trousers with my staple black turtleneck sweater –seriously, I think I’ve spent more time with this thing than I have my family in the past few months- and some simple black loafers. That way, the focal point is undeniably still the floral pants but the rest of the look is kept sleek and young. Much more me.
**Thanks to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own**