Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Trend Report: Florals

I absolutely love waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping; in my area, both birds and trees line the streets. The only thing I love a little more than the birds is the tree that resides directly outside of my bedroom: every spring it blossoms with tiny pink and white flowers, and sometimes the rain makes the flowers stick onto my window. This past weekend, stuck in bed with illness, I was desperate for entertainment. Some of the flowers were attached to the glass of the window, creating kaleidoscope-like patterns on the glass.  I immediately grabbed my computer and began to put together outfits inspired by the abstract floral print. Today, I'm going to show you how any plant, not just flowers, can be turned into a beautiful addition to any wardrobe.

Although Easter is behind us, this floral dress is perfect for anything from a wedding to a fancy dinner. Keeping the shoes plain and simple (and keeping accessories to a minimum) makes the dress really stand out. Pastels are always in style, and with the recent trend of landscapes as statement pieces, this dress is sure to snag a few complements.

Why hello, DEER. Yes, deer. This beyond-adorable shirt features flowers and deer, and makes any time feel like spring time. Paired with crisp hunter-green pants and funky golden sandals, an outfit like this is perfect for a day out with the girls, a tour of the city, or even for a family get-together.

Who says flowers have to be all pastel and girly? Toughen up your petals with bold prints, such as this dress. Paired with ├╝ber-mod black flatforms and a chunky plastic bangle in an equally bold print, all eyes will be on your abstract garden of an outfit.

Florals can be in places other than shirts and dresses. Turn your feet into eye-candy with ultra sweet, ladylike flats such as these. The pointed toe actually makes your feet look very dainty, and the watercolor flower print is perfect for the spring and summer. Metallic shorts in blush plus a solid white tee make for the perfect outfit for a concert, picnic, school, or time with your friends.

If you're new to the whole "mixing patterns" thing, I suggest starting with the never-failing combination of a floral print and bold black and white stripes. My inspiration for this outfit was Balenciaga's newest perfume, Florabotanica. The bottle is composed of bold stripes and splashes of bright colorful florals. Banana-colored heels bring out the yellow in the dress, as well as the blue clutch does. 

(All of the articles of clothing, along with their prices, can be found here. Thanks for reading!)

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