We are still pretty deep in winter, so it’s a bit difficult to think about spring fashion. However, now is a great time to start to thinking about how you want to incorporate spring fashion into your style. There are plenty of trends that you can start to try now, wear in these cold winter months and then transition them into the spring. The one that I want to talk about this month is florals.
Yes, I know florals are synonymous with springtime and yes, spring is a great time to introduce florals into your wardrobe. But let’s not forget that there is an element to florals that will work during the transition or winter months. Let’s also not forget that florals can work well for women over 40. They are not just for the younger crowd. There is no reason to wait for the snow and ice to thaw to start curating your floral prints, patterns and textures. Let’s look a little more into how to wear spring florals in winter!
Best Ways To Wear Spring Florals In Winter
Spring Floral Fashion Trends For Winter Months
By now, we all know that designers love florals. We see them every year in some representation on the runways by all of the designers we know and love. Fall/winter 2019-20 and spring/summer 2020 was no different, with rich floral designs shown at Dries Van Noten, Prada and Alexander McQueen. I loved the darker florals that were in the fall/winter collections. They were rich and beautiful with hints of metallic sheen and saturated colors.
But there were also some unexpected color combinations like the lavender floral print top from Dries Van Noten that was paired with baggy gray pinstripe wool pants and matching gray wool topper coat. I would never have thought to pair those options together, but they looked so gorgeous on the runway.
I also loved the subtlety of the floral prints in the Prada resort 2020 collection. One of the floral looks that stood out to me was the prairie-inspired tunic top with minimalist floral print that was paired with the long, navy blazer. That is a great combination that you can wear now and once the weather gets warmer, you can ditch the blazer and pair the tunic top with a pair of white jeans or light weight cotton pants.
How To Wear Spring Florals Now
If you choose to keep with traditional springtime florals, no judgement, that is a safe bet. However, I love to take the floral trend, flip it on its head and interpret this trend in a dark and moody way. I adore darker florals and wearing florals in black, deep reds, mustard yellows or even in heavy lace or brocades. This is a beautiful way to translate this trend into the winter months. It’s also a bonus because you can wear these types of styles through the early spring and then bring them back for the fall. For balmy weather, this MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Flare Dress is amazing. I would pair it with a faux fur vest and over-the-knee black boots.
You don’t have to limit your floral look to just apparel, I’ve found a great athleisure option in these Adidas Supercourt Sneakers made in a really unique floral and snakeskin print. The mix of patterns and prints and the snakeskin is very much on trend right now. I can wear these and be super casual and comfortable pretty much everywhere including to brunch with the girls, running my weekend errands or even to the gym.
If you prefer simplicity in your style and don’t generally gravitate towards patterns or prints, you can still work with florals in your accessories. Wear this blingy J. Crew flower statement necklace with a simple solid color top or accessorize with this Tumi Voyager Tote for the days when you are on-the-go.
Expert Style Tips
Find Your Base
When styling your florals, especially for tops, you want to make sure that whatever bottom you choose is a solid color to ground your outfit. You can opt for something simple such as a basic pair of black or navy pants. I like doing something a little more elaborate, so I would pair a floral print top like this Joie Silk Top with some rich leather pants similar to these Lucy Paris paper bag waist pants. I’d keep the rest of the outfit fairly simple but still play around with color by finishing it off with these Michael Kors red suede booties.
Florals Aren’t for Everyone
Yet if you want to try them and bypass the super feminine florals, you can try some of the great dark florals that have more of a masculine or androgynous vibe. Something like this Vince Camuto Floral Twist Shirt can be a great way to incorporate florals into your look without looking too girly. This is something that I would try for sure, as you can create a fully edgy look with a pair of black leggings, black leather combat boots and nice big pair of statement earrings.
Floral Doesn’t Always Mean Floral Print
If prints are not your thing, you can still try this trend in other ways. I love the idea of wearing florals in the form of applique like this Anne Klein Embellished Sweater. You can also include lace floral inset to incorporate florals. Something visually graphic like this No. 21 Striped Cardigan Sweater definitely caught my eye. The black and white color palette keeps it from looking too busy but the stripes and lace inset keep it interesting.
Florals Are Actually Timeless.
I honestly don’t think florals will ever go out of style and contrary to popular belief, you can wear them all year around. If you invest in a good piece with a neutral color story, you can wear it for many years; season after season.
You want to pay attention to the size of your floral print compared to your body type. If you have a larger bust or are trying to camouflage a problem area, you want to stick with smaller floral patterns, as smaller prints de-emphasize large areas or features that you may want to mask. If you are smaller on top or on the slim side, larger prints are the direction to go as they emphasize and enhance. This is a general rule of thumb for all prints, but of course applies to florals as well!
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Pictured above from left to right:
Dries Van Noten FW 2019
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Runway Photo: Vogue.com
You may like to read more of Carmen’s trends posts for women over 40 like What To Wear To A Winter Wedding for Women Over 40 and How To Style The High Gloss Finish Trend for Fall.
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