This is a first for me because I have never done a blog post on anything printed – well not if you discount animal print that is. Animal print, I am all over. But other types of prints are just not really my thing. However, this season it is hard to ignore all the floral prints that are out there. And I am determined to add a little bit of print into my life so here are my top ten:
1. Good old Zara manages to make prints look anything but mumsy and this Floral Print Dress £39.99 is lovely. You can wear it with or without the ties, but the black stripes definitely give this a modern twist. This is something that you could wear for work as well as a night out. It is v short in the picture but the model is 5 ft 10 which most of us mere mortals are not, so would be a more acceptable length on most.
This is the top version of the print £25.99. Not keen with this massive belt but it is a pretty top to update your workwear wardrobe nonetheless.
2. A top is definitely the easiest way to do a floral and this Printed Kimono Blouse £25.99 looks lovely with jeans but would also be spot on with a pair of tailored trousers. I appreciate this is a barely-there type of floral but modern is the name of the game.
3. For those of you wedded to black, this Dandy Flower Tie Sleeve Top £20 from Warehouse is rather stunning for the office or with denim.
4. If it is something more casual you are after, then why not get yourself two for the price of one with this Printed Poplin Top £25.99 from Zara which does stripes and florals in one. Technically, it’s a three for one as there is sleeve detail there too.
4. Looking ahead to the summer, this Wild Floral Cami £28 from Oasis is gorgeous and works perfectly with black trousers and a jacket for the office, or with denim or even shorts. With a lovely slimming v neck to boot, this is a definite purchase for summer.
5. Another one for the holidays is this gorgeous botanical print from Hush which comes in several guises: York Off the Shoulder Top £55.
This also comes as a dress – Laurel Off Shoulder Dress £85. I am more inclined to side with the top than the dress but with a pair of black heels and clutch, this could be a kick-ass summer dress that you could wear to weddings or on holiday.
And in a pair of Relaxed Trousers £45.
6. An easy dress you can chuck on and dress up or down has to be high up on the priority list and this Spaced Sidney Floral Dress £35 is just that. Perfect with a denim or leather jacket and wear with ankle boots for a daytime look or swap for some heeled sandals for the night.
7. Alternatively, if you are going for a fashion look then it has to be a sleeved, floral, midi dress. And I have been on the hunt for one for a while but my print snobbiness has been getting in the way. I finally found a few prints at New Look but then the end result was more matron than bohemian rock chic. My husband said I looked mumsy and asked why on earth I had bought it. To which I replied because I fancy wearing more dresses and also it’s in fashion. Dreadful mistake and extremely cutting remarks which shall not be repeated.
But here is the Black Floral Print Button Cuff Dress £29.99 I bought and which went back. I still love the print and the idea but maybe just not on me.
There was also this Black Floral Print Funnel Neck Dress £29.99 although I suspect the end result would have been rather similar on me.
8. For a more classic dress for a ‘do’ then Whistles has this Maria Floris Print Bodycon Dress – currently £135.20 from £169 and it looks pretty fab with this Java Colour Blocked Wristlet £52.00 from £65. Whilst this would be super for a wedding, it is also something you could wear to the office with a little black jacket and some heels.
9. This Desiree Blue Silk Dress £450 from LK Bennett is absolutely gorgeous in the flesh, with stunning, vivid colours that are a bit lost here. Definitely needs a more lovely pair of sandals to go with.
And if you don’t like the uber fashionable midi, then you also have the option of a shorter version: Darcy Blue Silk Dress £295.
10. One more style to sneak in and something different now in the form of a Floral Print Jumpsuit £79.95 from Massimo Dutti. The ultimate in laid-back chic and perfect for nights out and holidays.
And now for a couple of different, slightly more under the radar labels:
First up is Dorothee Schumacher, a German label whose prints are a real signature. This is the Geometric Merge T-Blouse £285.
Finally, Rixo London is the label of the moment, whose dresses are featuring in all the style pages of the magazines and for good reason.
They are beautiful, elegant and very feminine. So if you are looking for something different for a wedding or a do, then check them out. This is the Katie Dress £265. A measure of their success is that lots of their styles are sold out so be quick if you want to grab one.
The thing about print is that it is intensely personal. But with small and understated to large scale ‘look at me’ florals, there is something for everyone. So why not dip your toe in, even just a little bit?