Spring floral prints are in…

I hear a lot about prints these days in fashion.  Whether it is on the runway, or on the street, everyone knows that wearing them instantly make a statement about who you are.  Leopard prints, cat prints, polka dot and graphic prints…it’s exciting, that’s for sure.  But I’ve always had a soft spot for floral prints.  Floral clothing are feminine, without being “sissy” or overly girly.  Easy and pretty, being funky without trying too hard.  And they imbue a certain youthful vibe about them.  Certainly wearing a tasteful floral printed dress screams spring, and with that season fast approaching (thank goodness winter is on it’s way out), there is no excuse to not sport one item of clothing in this print.  Let’s celebrate nature, the return of the sun, in the most obvious way…a flowery tribute to the pagan earth gods that allowed this return!

Even if you’re not a pagan, it seems these days, a lot of stores are peddling florals.  From jackets, to skirts, leggings to dresses, purses and wallets, everything has some pop of petals and colour.  I wanted to highlight a few items that are in my wardrobe, that happen to be floral and show some of the ways I wear this busy and in demand print.

After a whole winter of bundling up and wearing thick boyish pants, it’s so nice to shed it all off and reveal a more girly side.  So in comes my sweet skater dress!  (pictured below) The print is a bit different than other florals, because the flowers are big and cool tones of purple and blue green.  A little twist from pink or red florals.  I call this cut of style a “skater dress”…I don’t know, but I read on another site about how certain dresses make you feel like an figure skater.  This one with it’s fit and flare, and high collar does that for me!

This dress is a "skater" dress.  High collar with an open back and flow-y short skirt!
This dress is a “skater” dress. High collar with an open back and flow-y short skirt!

Now to go from an athletic open back dress, to a romantic and nostalgic long skirt.  I got this really long skirt from Forever 21 (below).  Long skirts are very in right now, but this one caught my eye because of the cut, (billowy and frilly), and also the floral panel insert that gives it an extra feminine and vintage vibe.  This is a great way to wear florals, because if this print was the whole skirt, it would be garden-y over kill!  I was almost too short for this floor touching length, but I pulled it off.  Pair the skirt with cute chunky heels, the length will be perfect.  This is the only way to wear long dresses or skirts during this trend.  It has to be very long, almost to the floor!

bohemian feel and frills keeps this long skirt from looking too matronly!
a bohemian feel and frills keeps this long skirt from looking too matronly!

What are your favourite ways to wear floral prints?  What spring trends have caught your eye this year?

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