Ask Natty: How Can I Wear Floral Prints Without Looking Like A Grandma?

by Natalie Decleve · March 21, 2011

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Dear Natty –I’m not really a girlie girl, but I’m curious about trying the floral prints trend… any tips for wearing flowers without feeling like a grandma?  - Flowers Under the Age of 85?

Dear Flowers –

Floral prints are a great way to get into spring spirit, even if you’re not a geriatric. Luckily there are loads of ways to indulge in the trend that WON’T make you feel like your name should be Pearl.

First off, go for a large-scale floral print - rather than a tiny repeating pattern. The more solid color you have in the piece, the more modern the effect will be. You can also layer on a menswear piece like a blazer, or something sporty like an anorak. This is especially helpful for dresses, where the print is the focal point.

If you’re thinking of a floral blouse or skirt, try mixing it with another print – such as a stripe. Mixing prints is another big trend this season, and will keep the look feeling young and fresh.

LOOK 1: Jil Sander (Available at Saks Fifth Ave)

LOOK 2: Ann Taylor Loft Island Flower Dress $79.50

LOOK 3: Banana Republic (Available in April)

LOOK 4: Nasty Gal Striped Maxi Skirt $26.60 & Floral Top from Select Fashion UK $16

Now go forth with your flowers and enjoy the sunshine!

Xx Natty

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