The two things I know to be true for this season's biggest fashion trends are 1. florals are back, and 2. the more retro, the better. Example: Blake Lively's floral print dress. The new mom stunned in this bright number during her interview on The Chew. And if you're anything like me, you want to own it, like, right now.
Unfortunately, Lively has expensive taste. Her dress is from Lindsey Thornburg's spring 2015 collection. The Floral Print Tie Neck Halter dress goes for $495, and is the perfect midi length. The silk dress has many versions of itself out there, but there's something about this one that just screams spring. Maybe it's Lively that makes the dress. Or maybe it's the opaline Louboutin's that pull it all together.
Whatever it is, the The Age of Adeline star was spot on with this look. And I'm suddenly realizing that this is exactly what I'm looking for when I'm picking through the vintage racks, with no luck. The fit is loose enough for an evening picnic, but the halter cut (and open back) make it ready for a dressier occasion, in an instant. I can see this paired with everything from wooden bangles (like Lively did) to festive wedges.
Check out these 5 other versions of Lively's flowery frock that you can make your own in no time.
1. Billabong Dream Escape Coral Red Flora Maxi Dress
Going along with the whole "open back" thing, this dress gives you the opportunity to flash a little back, without going totally bare. And the print is bright — just like Lively's version. (Billabong Dream Escape Coral Red Maxi Dress, $75.95, shop.nordstrom.com).
2. Lucca Couture Flora Drop-Waist Dress
I like this option because it feels young and fresh. The print reminds me of a swimsuit I owned as a child, and I love that. And you get a little of the halter vibe, without the neck tie. (Lucca Couture Floral Drop-Waist Dress, $39.99, urbanoutfitters.com).
3. O'Neill Moore Crochet Yoke Maxi Dress
It always seems like floral and crochet go hand in hand, and this dress is a perfect example. The bright flowers on the black dress are very eye-catching, and the crochet works its way to the back for a little extra detailing. (O'Neill Moore Crochet Yoke Maxi Dress, $59.50, dillards.com).
4. Stop Staring! Acacia Fitted Dress
This dress reminds me of something Marilyn Monroe would've rocked on the beach with a big floppy hat and sunglasses. And if that doesn't make you want to own it, I don't know what will. (Stop Staring! Acacia Fitted Dress, $198, zappos.com).
5. Free People Contrast Print Slip Dress
What's cool about this dress is that it combines the halter with a regularly-strapped dress. This gives it an automatic cool girl vibe. (Free People Contrast-Print Slip Dress, $88, macys.com).
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