Roughed Up Florals

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Spring is obviously ubiquitous with flowers.  They’re everywhere in real life, as well as on the clothes that you see in the stores.  After this past winter beat-down, everyone is ready for something a little lighter and brighter.  Trading in my shapeless winter parkas and Welly boots for something a tad more feminine and fitted is not a bad thing either!  See… look, YES, I DO have a waist!

Historically, I’ve stayed away from floral patterns because they’ve always been a little too “sweet” for my taste.  My style skews a little more edgy than the blooms and buds allow when left on their own.  There is definitely a trick to pulling off floral patterns without looking like you just popped out of a “Little House on the Prairie” rerun, or better yet, Grandma’s ancient wallpaper.  Lean in and listen closely… you take those pretty florals and you rough them up!  Yes, you heard me.  Rough those dainty flowers up with some leather, some denim, some studs and zippers.  It’s an unexpected twist and a great way to incorporate basics you probably already own in your closet.

It’s really as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step #1, select a great floral patterned dress in your most flattering silhouette.

Step #2, top off said floral dress with an edgy jacket.

Step #3, accessorize with metallic spikes, studs, zips and stones.

If you still need to be convinced, here are 6 great spring floral ensembles that have been stripped of saccharine sweetness and infused with a whole lot of cool:

Roughed Up Floral - Spring 2014

Look#1:  Modcloth smocked sundress / Tory Burch linen jacket / Fallon oversized chain necklace / Rebecca Minkoff wristlet purse / Valentino ‘Rockstud’ shoes

Look #2:  Zara dress / Topshop blue jacket /3.1 Phillip Lim beige purse / VC Signature slingback sandals /Sam Edelman gold ear cuffs

Look #3:  Topshop off the shoulder dress / Topshop faux leather jacket / Diane Von Furstenberg studded clutch /  Zara high heel sandals / Ben Amun swarovski earrings

Look #4:  Halston Heritage knee length dress / Gap denim jacket / Balenciaga leather handbag / Madison Harding high heel booties / Topshop necklace

Look #5:  Tory Burch flower print dress / IRO white vest / Faith white tote / Belle by Sigerson Morrison studded sandals / Joomi Lim punk stud earrings /

Look #6:  SUNO New York dress /Rachel Zoe mint green leather jacket /  Loeffler Randall mint green tote / Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle’ pumps / Forever 21 stone necklace

Here are some more great examples of ways to style your spring florals:

(via RCFA)

(via Who What Wear)

Ruffled Floral Mango Dress And Denim Jacket Worn By Maria Jose

(via Our Favorite Style)

(via Pink Peonies)

How do YOU wear your spring florals?



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