Top 5: Not So Basic Florals for Spring
Florals are an always classic print you can reach for time after time. The perfect way to usher in the spring months, a floral dress is an instant way to feel feminine, girly and gorgeous.
There’s no greater pick-me-up than a cheery floral print. They blossom on the runways during every spring-summer show. They somehow manage to continue to evolve and grow.
This season saw a myriad of takes on the trend, all of them wonderfully feminine and romantic. This included everything from soft and delicate appliques, to the bold Pop-Art prints. Each varietal made you stop and take a moment to appreciate its unique beauty. Isn’t that exactly what flowers were intended to do?
Have your own track-stopping moment in these five bloom-bedecked gowns:
Blooming gorgeous! Vibrant aqua and coral hues practically scream island party. Any outdoor event would be all the brighter for their presence.
The close-fitting silhouette extends into an ultra-feminine mermaid skirt. Its shape echoed by the cape-like overlay extending from the strapless neckline. It’s modern design at its best.
Words cannot describe the sheer joy that comes from gliding around a room, with that overlay cascading dramatically around your figure. Let the dress do all the talking (because let’s be honest, it’s going to anyway) and opt for minimal jewelry. A slinky chain necklace with a single stone and delicate bracelets would be the perfect finishing touch of femininity.
Keep your hair long and loose to complement the exuberant feel of this event-ready gown. A strappy sandal will match the intensity of this bold dress without stealing the show.
The only thing more unimpeachably feminine than florals is floral lace. Here, the beautiful fabric takes on a navy blue hue. It serves as a perfect canvas for hem to hem embroidered roses.
Unexpectedly complementary shades of red, pink, and orange create the beautiful blooms. The print exudes the feel of a late summer afternoon about to turn into a soothingly warm evening. The texture of the embroidery adds to this homespun aesthetic.
This style’s high-necked silhouette hugs the body before it softly drapes into an elegant mermaid skirt. This trails just slightly behind you as you move and mingle. The sophisticated design renders it apt for an elegant soiree and tops our list for outdoor wedding wear.
It’s a favorite dress for so many occasions, much like this similar floral maxi dress. Hair can be worn up or down, in keeping with the expected level of dressiness for the occasion. Slim silver jewelry in architectural shapes acts as an excellent foil for the more demure qualities of the dress.
We recommend finishing the look with a nude or metallic open-toed heel. If it is an outdoor event where a grassy lawn might be a factor, pick a chunkier block heel. That means you won’t go sinking into the ground!
A classic silhouette takes a new turn in this beautiful gown. Its painterly blooms look like they were plucked from the garden. The print enhances the vintage feel while giving it a fresh lift.
Fully lined, the chiffon skirt swishes with every step and every turn. The effect is inexplicably delightful. The girlish side of you will never want to stop moving.
The muted hues are lovely in spring and have enough depth to carry over into fall. This means you will get a lot of wear out of this timeless design. An embellished waistline and flattering ruching at the bodice complete the feminine aesthetic.
They also make this a great selection for hourglass or triangle body shapes. When doing your accessorizing, look for vintage pieces or vintage-inspired pieces. Cocktail jewelry that sparkles prettily and a beaded box clutch would accent the style’s ladylike qualities.
You have a lot of options in the shoe department. Round-toed ballet slippers, a satin pump, ankle-strapped stilettos – all would do quite nicely.
Blooming gorgeous! These entrancingly abstract florals are anything but precious. The graphic effect they create provides a striking juxtaposition. It punctuates against the cupcake tiers and flounce of the floor-skimming skirt.
The same could be said for the color palette. The unusual combination of deep red and plum is utterly impactful. It might be our new favorite pairing for everyday wear as well. The close-fitting bodice highlights a slender waist, its deep V-neckline dipping low past the décolletage.
One of our favorite things about the layered skirt is the way it swishes back and forth with the body as you walk or sway. This makes every little movement attractively girlish. Leave your hair down to enhance this quality.
There is enough going on in the dress to allow you to go jewelry-free. Alternatively, you can stack your hands full of cocktail rings and add some pop color drop earrings. If you opt for the latter, we recommend outsized pieces in a mustard yellow for a pop color clash.
Elevate the look with a high heel in keeping with your accessory choice. A suede shoe with a block heel and open toe in the same mustard yellow would lend a flirtatious finish. Classic black velvet pumps will add a vintage appeal.
Lace, feathers, and flowers, oh my! The embellished extras make for a multi-dimensional ensemble. Skirt billowed the abbreviated length of the skirt takes sweet to a sexier level. The dress still holds onto its flirty flounce and twirl capabilities.
Femininity is in full bloom with this floral party dress. Icy blue flowers dance across the girlish silhouette, accented by olive green leaves and artistic branches. The print is celebratory and perfect for a wedding or garden party.
A sheer neckline gives the illusion of a sweetheart neckline. This is cashing in on the vintage-made-modern trend. The sheer paneling extends to the waistline, where a peekaboo sliver makes this design look like a two-piece from a distance.
The back is low and exposed, teaming up with the short skirt to create a flirtatious cut. Pair this dress with a nude pump with a low vamp to make your legs look even longer. Alternatively, slip-on ankle-strap heel to amp up the cute factor.
This flower print dress is perfect for a baby shower (just add a statement necklace) and can also be worn as casual wear with the right styling. Transform it into a sundress with a flat sandal or cowboy boot and denim jacket. It’s so versatile and can be worn to so many parties!