Most of us have the flower print thing down pat, so you'd think you wouldn't need tips on how to style a floral pattern. But florals are a summer staple, and after a while they can feel a little too... tried and true. You seem to end up wearing the same old floral dresses, the same rose print skirts, the same black, grunge skater dresses. The print turns into a summer uniform, and like with all ruts, after some time you crave to break free.
But on the flip side, florals are such a fun print to style. They come in all sorts of colors and variations, and are especially interesting when clashed with another print in the outfit (like stripes!). So what should a girl do when she's bored with a look but isn't quite ready to retire it?
Simple: She finds new and improved ways to style it. Get creative and find new ways to wear the traditional pattern, by either honing in on bright new colors, juxtaposing it against unexpected textures, or using it in creative accessories. Below are 11 different ways you can style floral print this summer season. Let's see if one of these will inspire you and strike up a new styling idea or two!
1. Let Them Be The Statement In Your Neutral Outfit
Let your floral piece stand out by pairing it with an all neutral outfit. For example, if you have a pair of floral shorts, match them with a white or gray top and accessorize simply with a leather bucket bag and statement watch.
2. Pair It With Texture
Make your floral prints exciting again by breaking them out of their usual rut and focusing on matching them with new textures. Do you have floral pants? Pair them with a crochet top or lace blouse. Playing around with a floral skirt? Try matching it with a suede shell top or a sheer tunic blouse. The new textures will make it feel like you're playing with a brand new piece because each combo will make a radically different style statement.
3. Use It To Make A Bold Statement
Instead of adding florals as an accent here and there, go all out and choose a long sweeping dress or jumpsuit in the pattern. It's eye catching and intense, but in a stylish, non-overwhelming way.
4. Wear It In New Colors
If you're getting bored of your floral prints in your closet, shake things up by choosing the pattern in a bold new color palette. Instead of going for the delicate white patterns or dark green tropical prints, aim for a bright, candy-color hue. It gives the pattern a fresh pop and adds some major personality to your look.
5. Focus On Your Shoes
Move your florals to an unexpected area, like your purse or your shoes. Find tennis shoes or flats in a soft color palette and add a playful and quirky touch to your summer dresses and shorts.
6. Wear It In Your Hair
Girl, flower crowns were so 2014. Now it's all about the turban. Add an unexpected element to your outfit by wrapping a floral scarf around your hair into a turban, which looks especially pretty with a neutral-colored dress.
7. Wear It As A Texture
Wear the print in the form of lace cutouts, adding texture and a feminine touch to your outfit. It's not quite as on the nose as a daisy print running down your dress, and almost always adds a soft, elegant vibe to your look.
8. Accessorize With It
Add just a splash of floral by tying it around your neck or draping it over a dress in the form of a summer scarf. It's just a subtle pop, but it'll add a good amount of color and pattern.
9. Dabble With Variations
A floral print can come in all sorts of variations: Dainty daisies, blooming orchid prints, bold tropical leaves, little rose clusters. The possibilities are endless. If you're feeling in a rut with your selection, try branching out to a different flower group.
10. Pick Out A Bold Pant
Maybe the issue isn't that you're bored with flower prints; maybe you're just bored with wearing flower print dresses and rompers. Try branching the pattern out to different styles of clothing, like cigarette pants or sharp blazers.
11. Drape Yourself In The Print
Have a simple outfit on? Stepping out in jeans and a tee, or a neutrally colored dress or skirt? Amp up the wow factor by draping yourself in a floral kimono, instantly adding a major pop of print and style.