At This Moment: Fabulous Florals

By on April 12th, 2012 0 Comments

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By Saimah Ashraf via Polyvore

By Saimah Ashraf via Polyvore

A floral motif is one of those patterns that, though its appeal may wane from time to time, never really goes away. Across cultures, across seasons, flowers are that quintessential feminine print found in saris, kimonos, embroidered peasant tops—you name it. This spring, incorporate florals into your everyday wardrobe in a way that’s utterly 2012.

In Bloom
Luckily, floral prints are pretty ubiquitous this season and you’ll have your pick of unique pieces. Look out for fitted floral sheaths, cropped cotton pants, flared minis, and blousy chiffon tops.

Pretty Petals
Pick either a bold floral or opt for a more delicately rendered pattern; it’s completely up to you. Personally, I’m in love with vivid hues and big splashy prints, but if you’d rather ease into your florals, stick to soft colors and small motifs for a subtler look.

A Mixed Bouquet
The most modern and unexpected way to wear floral prints is by pairing them with other prints. Think animal, tribal, striped, paisley, or even another floral. If you want to ground your look and keep it from getting too loud, choose neutral accessories.

Flower Power
How you accessorize your outfit is obviously a matter of preference. I like to counteract the very feminine floral print by wearing it with tougher motorcycle or safari jacket, or with menswear-inspired pieces like loafers and brown belts. If you’re a girly-girl. however, feel free to sport your ballet flats and pearls.

How have you modernized your florals this spring? Write in and let us know.

Saimah Ashraf is a contributing writer at She blogs about fashion and style at Street Number Eight.