Floral-ism for the Frugalista

10 Jan

Floral-ism is a fairly straightforward trend. The key is to wear florals in a sophisticated way that is not overly feminine and follows some simple rules of shape. My last post shows a floral romper from DKNY. The colors demonstrate a mixture of pastels and neutrals. Here is a floral romper from H&M:

The pattern here is smaller and the colors a bit more understated but the concept is the same. Dress it up with a fun sandal or wear it casually with a flat. Here we have two looks from Dior and Chanel from spring 2010:

They both feature a more sheer floral-patterned overlay with light colors. Both are minidresses with a loose skirt and are cinched at the waist. However the Dior alternates patterns of a darker sold purple and the light floral pattern while Chanel took the old-fashioned farmgirl approach of a continuous print with a boat neckline. Don’t miss the shoes on Miss Chanel – almost too much for words.

Left we have a French Connection strapless. Not quite the same ideas but similar. It’s got a little ruffled flare at the waist and similar bright hues. The look on the right is from A Common Thread. It has a sheer overlay, a cinched waist, and a v-neck. Great with Cowboy boots, or of course with your favorite stilettos. Florals are very easily shifted from causal to night wear. Now for the floral formals:

These are two very different looks – the left is from Marchesa and the right from Alberta Ferretti. The main concept from Marchesa is the clever use of the classic black and white with a floral print. The florals are actually cut out in this – clever and sexy. It’s a strapless with a very interesting architectural design. Very modern chic. The Ferretti uses the concept of nude with a strand of flowers that pop out accentuating the right side, as though they are real. Great looks.

Left is from the brand Blush, right is from Maggie London. They both play with the classic black and white in a chic way, using floral prints. The left incorporates sexy cut-outs and a long, formal shape. The right uses a very sophisticated pattern in a very classic shape to exude elegance. These are all very different, but very trendy, ways to incorporate floralism in your wardrobe.

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