Thursday, 30 January 2014

Simply Shopping: Florals

Hi All. I wanted to broach the subject of trends today on the blog. Now you can probably tell that I'm not a big fan. I don't think they work for 90% of the population as a concept and frankly who can be bothered with the idea of keeping of with something so transitory and frivolous - not me for sure. Instead it's easier just to think of fashion trends as updates, or an MOT, for your wardrobe. Essential to stop your style from stubbornly remaining in one phase of your life. We still want to look modern, so unfortunately we still need to play along a little with the driving forces of commercialism. The other thing to note about trends - or updates  as we might start referring to them as - is they're actually not new. There are frankly no new trends. Everything has been before and will eventually come around again. So over the next few weeks I'll suggest a few 'new' updates for your wardrobe from the sea of new styles that will be hitting the shops over the coming weeks.

This week - florals.

Now if you're interested in this kind of thing there were lots of big florals on the catwalks for spring, Oscar de La Renta, Dries Van Noten, Mulberry, Marni - have a peak on style.com if you want to peruse the collections, otherwise take my word for it. They were big and blowsy prints, but also pretty. This inevitably means that the high street has followed suit.

A dress is a really easy way to do this update, we've all probably got a cute pair of heels in the back of our wardrobes somewhere that would work with a floral tea dress. These two dresses below from Miss Selfridge and Warehouse are flattering and wearable for day - easy right? You could dress them up if you work in an office with a smart jacket or they're great for an evening out. Otherwise the simplest way to add the update is with a printed top. I like this kimono from Top Shop because the shape is quite architectural and will work over something you already have in your wardrobe - dress it down with a pair of jeans and a black jersey top or go bold with skinny cigarette pants and a silk camp top underneath and a killer pair of heels, I'd be tempted to belt it with a clashing / metallic skinny belt to add shape.

There you have it - easy updates for this season to bring your wardrobe into 2014.

What do you think? Would you wear bold florals?

Later today I have a great bonus post for the weekend, hope you can pop by.


1. Grey floral tea dress, Miss Selfridge SHOP NOW
2. Blue floral kimono, Top Shop SHOP NOW
3. Black and white floral dress, Warehouse SHOP NOW

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