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How to Wear Floral Print

Tips on Styling Flower Patterns

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Floral prints are a classic pattern in the history and world of fashion. It's one of those prints that will never get old, regardless of the year or season. With this guide, you can learn how to style floral prints in a way that works for you.

  1. Choose a Print

    With so many types of floral prints to choose from, it’s important to choose a pattern that works with your personal taste and style. Flower designs can range from dainty and delicate to big and bold, each kind carrying its own personality and character.

    If you prefer styles that are simple and sophisticated, try looking for a print that features small, miniature flowers. A finer print is not only appropriate for the office and work place, but is a great way to bring in a feminine touch. If you're the type to rock statement patterns, a print featuring larger flowers will work best for you. Look for bright colors, vibrant designs and eye-catching details.


  2. Use the Same Color Palette

    Once you chosen a floral print, wear clothing in coordinating colors to create a cohesive look. This method is also a good way to put together multiple outfits using the same item. Pay attention to pattern's colors, choose one or two, then work around your choices. From the small details to the most prominent shade, any color in the print is fair game. Because floral prints typically come in multiple colors, you’ll have multiple styling possibilities.


  3. Use Accessories

    Wearing accessories is one the most tried and true ways of wearing any kind of pattern, and the same can certainly be said for floral prints. Even just one accessory is enough to brighten up an otherwise plain outfit. Larger items such as tote bags, hats and scarves can add some major color to a look, while jewelry and belts can bring in a light dose of floral fun. It’s a good idea to have several flower patterned accessories in your wardrobe, because you’ll never know when your outfit will need a little extra something. Even if you don’t plan ahead, a floral accessory is an easy way to add instant style.

    If you’re looking to shop for floral accessories, check out these 7 floral accessories under $100.


  4. With Neutral Colors

    As with any other print, it is practically impossible for a floral print to not look good with a solid neutral shade. These colors include black, white, gray, taupe, ivory and beige. Using neutrals is another styling option to use when you aren’t wearing colors found in the actual print. It's also a good "safety" styling method when you aren't quite sure what to wear, but would like to add florals to your ensemble.


  5. With Menswear Inspired Clothing

    Styling floral pieces with menswear inspired clothing is a fool proof way of looking chic yet fun. Think blazers, straight leg pants and crisp button ups. This will prevent your outfit from looking too juvenile, and instead create a classy, mature look. You can use this method for office looks, taking care to balance the ratio of neutrals and brights.


  6. With Heels

    Pairing flower prints with your favorite style of heels is a great way to wear florals with sophistication. Kitten heels and wedges are both ideal options, as these types of heels are modest enough to be worn in both office and party settings. High heels and boots also look especially flattering with floral prints, especially if you're going for a more sultry yet fun look.

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