Depending on which way the sartorial pendulum swings, in the world of fashion, flowers have generally been associated with either youthful sweetness or mature femininity. Increasingly, designers are pairing florals with unexpected darker backdrops, unexpected accessories, and unorthodox compositions. As summer comes to an end, start the transitional season with a paradigm shift and consider donning traditional floral print styles passé for now. For some sartorial palette cleansing, step back from pretty prints and garden party imagery to play with uncommon styles, combinations, and colors.
As a general rule of thumb, stay true to your aesthetic core and build on what is readily available in the closet. While rummaging through wardrobe staples, be on the lookout for flowered patterns and lovely patterns. Perhaps start off with a sultry wrap dress with flourishing blossoms or abstract prints that lend both laid-back and trendy vibes. Tie a plaid button-down around the waist for a throwback to 90s grunge styling. Tuck a blouse or chambray shirt featuring crushed petal prints into a solid-color thigh-baring skirt for a grown-up look.
An increasingly popular combination has been mixing boots and dresses. Unlike other fashion pairings that share the same aesthetic, a floral dress-hiking boot combo transcends seasons and creates a look both wonderfully rugged and effortlessly pretty. The toughness from the boots hardens the delicacy and preciousness commonly associated with florals and pastels.
Another option is to embrace florals in a Victorian-esque style, perhaps with an elegant high-neck frock with a smattering of tropical prints with a layering of vintage-inspired material such as velvet. Throw on some killer heels or moto booties for some street-chic edge. Embrace the combination for a look that’s ready for a post-picnic trek or stylish roaming about town. Modern, daringly innovation, and edgy, get creative with contemporary floral styling and navigate date night, errand running, or an outdoor concert with an outfit that emanates cool confidence and nonchalance.