Florals are an obvious choice come spring, and this spring designers continue to lead us down a very interesting garden path. Halfway between perfectly pretty and goth lies a type of bloom that’s dark, moody and mysterious.
Some see dark floral prints as strong, rebellious, and edgy. Others think they’re romantic and pretty, like a garden at midnight.
How do you wear dark florals to show them at their best? Here are a few ideas.
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1. 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 these Spanish inspired black floral cropped pants with a silky, cream colored blouse you get a look that is feminine and classic, but still makes a bold statement.
2. Mix Them Up
If you’re 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. Wear one floral up top and another on the bottom, or find a dress that combines two for a more fashion forward look.
3. Accent with a Pop of Color
Do you like the idea of dark florals. but want a bit more life to your look? Make your outfit pop by accenting it with one of the brighter colors in your outfit. For example, a white and lilac floral dress looks stunning with a violet or hot pink bag. A bright color like this brings energy to black and gives you life.
4. 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 solid, dark 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.
5. Experiment with Sporty Accents
Normally when you think of florals, you think to wear them with delicate feminine shoes, bags and accessories. But the most modern way is to pair dark daytime florals with sporty touches like athletic wear, sweathsirts and glide sandals.
6. 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 statement necklace keep noir florals looking strong and not wimpy.
Here are a few dark florals in stores right now.
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