Spring Colors: The Florals

Floral prints are big this spring/summer and on the surface, they seem appealing. Witness these looks from the Spring/Summer 2010 runways....


Dolce & Gabbana







Ralph Lauren

It looks good when executed by a top designer, but I'll be honest with you- I'm more concerned about this trend than any other. Most of the "florals" on the market right now are nauseatingly reminiscent of Laura Ashley, and even the stylist-dressed stars seem to have trouble carrying off the trend.



Rihanna. She's all, "Meh."

That said, you can make florals work for you if you do it very, very carefully. Here are a few ways to make it happen.



The easiest way to rock the floral look and keep it sophisticated is with a scarf. There are lots of pretty ones out there- this Diane Von Furstenburg scarf is $120, but looks it- and will work for years to come.



Meanwhile, this ditsy print scarf is just $35 at PiperLime. The ditsy print is incredibly trendy right now and this scarf is a perfect way to stay on top of the trend without spending too much on something that will inevitably look dated within a season or two.



I just lusted after this $88 cardigan at my local J. Crew the other day. It is absolutely gorgeous, classic and guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go. The photo doesn't do it justice- It looks like the flowers have been handpainted onto the sweater.



These $19.80 shorts from Forever 21 are absolutely adorable. If you're a shorts girl, how can you possibly resist?



This dress is sky high on my list of "wants." Simply stunning. $158 from Ann Taylor.



For a simpler look, there's something about this $39 Arden B skirt that has total vintage appeal. Paired with a turquoise or hot pink top, it could be super cute.



Speaking of vintage, check out this adorable retro floral swimsuit, $60 from Topshop.



This button down top is such a stylish way to rock the flowers. $98 from J. Crew.



I just adore this sundress, $185 from Diane Von Furstenburg. It's so elegant and figure-flattering, yet I imagine you'd feel completely comfortable wearing it.




I just got a Boden catalog in the mail and I can't wait to look at it. Here's one of the pieces- an adorable $68 floral swimsuit. Cute!



This $39.50 top from Talbots could be a showstopper with the right skirt.



I'm loving the bright colors in this dress, which reminds me of the late 60s. It's $158 from Muse.



Or go the classic (not to mention classy) route with this pretty pencil skirt, $98 from White House Black Market.



You can't go wrong with a pair of pajama bottoms. $16.50 from our discount favorite, Charlotte Russe.



Here's a gorgeous take on florals that will never go out of style- this navy and white dress, $159 from Dillards.



This chiffon top, $19.99 from Arden B, has definite possibilities, either as a pretty layering piece under a cardigan or alone on a date night.



And I couldn't resist another look at one of my favorite floral dresses of the season, this lovely $138 number from Nordstrom.



So now you have some wonderful ways to make florals work.


You're welcome!

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