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Spring Florals That Don’t Look Twee


By Marie Kelly
14th Apr 2017
Spring Florals That Don’t Look Twee

If cute florals freak you out, try these more robust blooms for spring.

What a cool outfit. A black pared-back sweatshirt sets the tone for this no-nonsense and contemporary take on florals. I love the bold print of the skirt, and strong utilitarian vibe created with a crossbody bag and chunky sandals.

This is a really clever way of styling what is a very pretty floral-print dress. Worn over what looks to be a leather fringed skirt, the dress becomes less pastoral?and more urban. Plus, wearing it off the shoulder adds a smouldering touch?that dilutes down any girlishness.

A floral trench coat subverts all our traditional associations. A mac is supposedly functional and hardwearing, a protector against the elements. But below it looks more like a work of art.

Structured, masculine shoulders give florals a kick-ass appeal, as do the tough-looking lace-up boots. Structured silhouettes tend to inject florals with a more modern vibe.

A big sunflower print is tricky to pull off, but choosing one that’s anchored by a sombre black background gives it a more grown-up feel. The red loafers also add a sophisticated touch.

Well-tailored culottes instantly elevate a floral print from fussy to professional. I also love how this street style star has her over-long sleeves pulled down around her knuckles – it smacks of teenage subversiveness and injects the look with a bit more attitude.