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Not-Too-Pretty Florals

Photo: Courtesy of Preen Thornton Bregazzi. Pre-fall, 2018.

Wedding season’s here, so grab your fascinator and get ready to hit that dancefloor. Ooh, I love a flouncy dress at a wedding (I love a flouncy dress, full stop). But, when it comes to flouncy and floral, yikes, careful – things can get weird. However, as I’m sure I’ll tell you over and over again in the coming months, a wedding is a great excuse to experiment with traditional wedding-vibe prints – florals included. No longer associated with our beloved great-aunts and grannies, in my opinion no one does flowers better than Preen. Not a whiff of fustiness here, dear. They make exactly the kind of dress I’d throw on with a blazer and flat boots when in a mad rush to get to work. Thank God for Preen. So, yup, florals – not just for weddings, not just for high heels and being fancy, not just for special occasions. Phew.

“A floral dress printed on a darker background can also be paired with black tights and ankle boots in winter”

Great news: if you invest in the right kind of floral dress this spring/summer, chances are you’ll wear it time and time again. That’s why I tend to go for darker florals. (She says, owning the sum total of one dark floral dress.) Thing is, if the dress has a black or darker background, it’ll be easier to pair with black accessories, which hopefully means, bar the dress, you won’t need to buy anything new. Wait – it gets better. A floral dress printed on a darker background can also be paired with black tights and ankle boots in winter. Winner!

“White shoes and bags may sound a bit Krystle Carrington circa 1987 (minus a slagging match with Alexis Colby over a smooth-haired silver fox), but actually, this season, they will make your outfit look v fresh and modern”

Accessory-wise, don’t hold back. Well, actually, do hold back; hold the nude shoes – they can feel a bit old-fashioned. Pick out a highlight colour instead or, if all else fails, go white. White shoes and bags may sound a bit Krystle Carrington circa 1987 (minus a slagging match with Alexis Colby over a smooth-haired silver fox), but actually, this season, they will make your outfit look v fresh and modern. Or, as my dear mum would say, ‘dead trendy’. Go be trendy.

 

 

Flowers, but not in a fussy way...

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