The Fab Fall Countdown- 31 Days to a more Stylish, Chic You starts today, and I’m kicking it off with one of the easiest to wear of the fall 2017 trends — Winter Florals.
Florals have traditionally been associated with spring and summer, but this season they’re being cleverly woven into the fall mix. Unlike the soft pastels and delicate floral bouquets of summer, winter florals come with an edgier vibe. Think gothic romance, deep, rich palettes and heavier, more luxurious fabrics.
Winter Florals are a great way to add pattern to your tried-and-true solids, and mix a little color into an all-black wardrobe. Here are some gorgeous winter floral outfits, along with a little style advice on how to wear them.
1. Let Your Florals Take Centre Stage
Winter florals are bold and command attention, so the most elegant way to wear them is with neutral accessories. I’ve kept things classy and let the flowers do the talking by styling this pretty shift dress with simple black pumps and a sleek black clutch.
Another chic way to accessorize is to pick out a favorite color in the print and add a bag/shoe/earrings or bracelet in that color. A bag or shoes in turquoise or plum would give this dress an entirely different vibe. One note of caution: Stay away from mixing floral accessories with floral prints unless you want to look like an overgrown garden.
2. Choose Modern Styles and Shapes
Some gals worry that florals, especially moody, dark florals are going to make them look like a washed out little old lady. But that just isn’t so, as long as you remember to stick to more contemporary styles and vivid prints. A dark, muted floral blouse with buttons up the front, a tiny ruffled collar, and ruffles at the cuffs may indeed look a little stiff and dated on a mature woman, but not so with a vibrant bell sleeve floral blouse like the one above.
This flowy, feminine top is right on trend and gives new life to your tried-and-true black pants. In fact, you can pull off the same trick with your equally tried-and-true jeans and black skirt. This blouse is a winner.
3. Fabric Counts When Wearing Florals in Winter
The likes of florals in cotton, linen and chiffon may get a thumbs-up in the hot summer months but come fall and winter, you’ll be cold and not really rocking the trend. Fabric counts. Look for florals in more seasonal fabrics including luxe velvet, lace, satin and knits. This cozy embroidered floral sweater is a perfect example of florals done right for the cooler months. Toss it on with jeans and a cute pair of shoes or booties for a perfect weekend outfit.
4. Mind the Size of Your Florals
As with any print, you should keep in mind the size of the print in relation to your body size. An oversize floral print on a petite body, for example, may very well look off. When in doubt, try it on and make sure you are wearing the floral print and it is not wearing you!
5. Keep it Classy
When it comes to winter florals, you never want to end up looking like you’re wearing your grandma’s chintz curtains. Look for classy, not kitschy, patterns with sophisticated blooms or botanical themes in rich colors like burgundy, teal and plum. This sleek winter floral dress is pure elegance.
6. Do it Right Transitioning Florals from Day-to-Night
Winter florals transition beautifully from day to evening. This elegant blouse is perfect for daytime, right now when paired with white jeans and transitional booties (yes you can wear white jeans after Labor Day). If you’re going out in the evening simply switch out the pants and booties for a midi-skirt and pair of tall boots, and you’ve got an elegant and up-to-date after five look.
Will you be wearing Dark Florals this Fall? Check back tomorrow when I bring you another Fab Trend in My Fabulous After 40 Countdown to Fall Style.