Florals are an obvious choice come spring, but this year designers are leading us down a different kind of garden path.
Halfway between perfectly pretty and goth lies a new type of bloom that’s dark, moody and mysterious.
Dark Florals are the latest trend and they appear to be growing on us. They’re turning up everywhere; lush, bold blooms set against a black, navy or dark colored base. Here’s Rebecca from Red Tag Chic Los Angeles modeling this new look. Some see these new florals as strong and rebellious, edgy and a little masculine. Others liken them to a pretty walk in the park at midnight. I find them darkly romantic and slightly nostalgic. I can’t help but think of Victorian wallpaper when I see many of these florals.
How do you wear dark florals to show them at their best? Here are a few ideas.
Let Them Stand Alone
These brooding botanicals command attention so let them lead by wearing them with solid colored neutrals. For example, if you pair black floral jeans with a black t-shirt and white jacket and nude shoes you get a look that is cool, classic but still makes a bold statement.
All eyes go to your fabulous floral pants. Mix Them Up If you are more of a creative dresser then you might be more attracted to the idea of mixing two inky florals. This is also a popular way to style the trend this season. Wear one floral up top and another on the bottom, or find a dress that combines two for a more fashion forward look.
Accent with a Pop of Color
If you like the idea of dark florals but want a bit more life to your look, then make your outfit pop by accenting it with one of the brighter colors in your outfit. For example this Rachel Roy Floral Jaquard Dress with its kaleidoscope floral looks stunning worn with a bag and pumps in similar radiant orchid shade. A bright color like this brings energy to the black and gives you life.
Sculpt your Figure With Florals
First there was color blocking to highlight your best parts and camouflage trouble areas, now there’s floral blocking too. Since all over florals can make you appear larger designers have strategically placed florals in specific spots on dark solid backgrounds to make you look slimmer. For example, a solid black dress with bright florals from the bust up is perfect for a gal with a bit of a tummy because the bright florals draw your eye up and away from the problem spot, and the solid black at the tummy area visually shrinks it.
Experiment with Sporty Accents
Normally when you think of florals, you think wearing them with delicate feminine shoes, bags and accessories. But this spring it’s different. The most modern way to wear dark, daytime florals is to mix in sporty sandals, luxe sweatshirts, sneakers and other athletic touches.
Try Some Bold Jewelry
There’s also an unexpected twist when it comes to pairing jewelry with these florals. Dainty, traditional necklaces, bracelets and earrings that we used to wear with florals have been pushed aside to make way for larger, more modern statement pieces. Sculpted and architectural jewelry like this unique necklace keep noir florals looking strong and not wimpy.