It may be cliché, but floral prints are a tried and tested way to bring spring a touch of spring into your wardrobe. This perennial favourite appeared on the catwalks in all guises, from South Pacific tropical prints (Dior) to colourful abstract styles (Jil Sander) and Asian inspired motifs (Dries Van Noten). Whichever style you choose, here are a few tips to create a look that is more chic than cabana.
Try to experiment with…
Digital: Forget boring Monet interpretations, it’s all about computer generated digital prints as pioneered by cutting edge designers like Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou. They create a cool modern look.
Scale: Micro size or extra large prints can make a stylish statement, paired together or worn alone.
Evening wear: Florals aren’t just for the daytime. Try a long evening gown, a silk blouse worn with tuxedo trousers or a flirty cocktail dress with a tuxedo blazer for a stylish look.
Embellishments: Look for hand-sewn floral embellishments or embroideries in delicate fabrics such as leather, lace and chiffon. Floral appliqués are also hot this season as seen at Valentino and Miu Miu.
Accessories: Forget the clothes and try a chic floral print clutch, Chanel’s signature camellia or printed ballerina flats instead (but I draw the line at sunglasses).
Vintage: Liberty prints are always in fashion because they are timeless but still look fresh and fun.
One strong solid: Keep the look clean by mixing your floral print with a solid colour separate or accessory.
Floral accessories (from top left clockwise): Alexander McQueen floral crochet clutch (Lane Crawford, Hong Kong, tel: +852 2118 3388); Jil Sander floral bag and D&G floral flats (Alexandra House, Hong Kong, tel:+852 2877 5558)
Try to avoid…
Tailored silhouettes such as blazers and wide legged trousers – they will take your florals from fresh to frumpy. Choose fluid silhouettes and light fabrics instead. Clashing prints can look great but chances are you will get it horribly wrong, unless you are Alexa Chung. Looking like you have just left a Luau is also not advisable. Neither is matching floral gear including handbags, shoes and dare I say it, hair clips (these are not even acceptable in Hawaii). Keep it simple.