OMG! THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!!!
Florals. I have a hate/love relationship with florals. More often, it’s been hate. Rarely have I found a floral pattern that I’ve liked, and most make me either look or feel like an old lady. But the ubiquity of florals for this spring-summer fashion season is leaving me little choice but to engage in the wearing of *some* florals.
Although I must admit that last year I picked up a rather nice LC Lauren Conrad brand floral top with ruffles that still looks very nice. It’s the colors (a lavender-gray with coral-pink flowers.) So I imagine if I find some other subtle florals, it might not be such a bad thing to wear florals. Take this Simply Vera Vera Wang dress from Kohl’s
I love the way that the floral pattern moves from small to large, with a very pretty peach background (although peach is not a great color on me–I still like it.) To me, this is floral without being FLORAL–if you know what I mean. And the subtle high-low hem adds a lovely trendy touch that could be done away with next year if the high-low thing goes out of style….
Still, though, I’m having a big problem with floral pants–specifically floral jeans. No, they’re not happening on me. They were around last year, too, and they will always and forever remind me of the 1980′s, when I didn’t wear them either. I also will not wear floral printed pajama style pants. On me, pajama style pants, even with a close-fitting top, don’t quite cut it. They look just a bit too casual. Plus I look like someone squashed a tall person into a short one. Not good. I’m also not impressed with floral shorts–although slightly more inclined to wear them than floral jeans. However, a nice floral pant, in a modern cut with straight legs–not skinny , not that terrible boxy cut, high-water looking deals, or those old-style tapered cut pants, are on trend and work better than floral jeans (for some of us. This pair of floral cropped pants from Cache.com would suit me fine.
Floral skirts, however, are more my speed: like this one, an online exclusive from Ann Taylor Loft are great to mix with a bunch of solid-color tops (the print reminds me of Indian textiles.) Or this gorgeous pencil skirt from Mossimo–another online exclusive from Target. Both patterns are great–one is more classic, the other more trendy-modern, but both would suit my wardrobe and fit me perfectly.
So, like with any trend, pick your pieces according to what would work for you, not against you. If, like me, the idea of floral jeans just makes you itch, don’t do it. Or go for a floral pant is a modern cut. That’s the thing with florals: watch the cut of your pants, or the style of your skirt. If it’s something you remember from your wardrobe past, you might want to avoid it at all costs in favor of something a bit more up to date. Unless you are going strictly and truly vintage, don’t go for something that looks like you picked it up from the discount rack at the Salvation Army or Goodwill–you will only end up looking like someone who hadn’t weeded out their closet since sometime in 1990. And when you *are* older, there’s nothing that makes you look older than dated styles of clothing!