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5 Ways To Look Modern in Floral Dresses

If you stay away from florals because you think they will make you look dated and matronly, then it’s time to open your eyes.  Bold colors and modern cuts make spring’s floral dresses a gorgeous and youthful addition to your wardrobe. Here are 5 Ways to Look Modern in a Floral Dress when you are over 40.

Spring Wedding - Floral Cold Shoulder


Dresses with tiny florals, boring colors, and dowdy styles that may be sitting at the back of your closet look dowdy, so instead, try a …..

1. Cold Shoulder Floral Dress

The cold shoulder trend has taken off like wildfire because so many women are sick of sleeveless dresses. With a cold shoulder style, you get the top part of your arm covered, but you still get a sexy peek-a-boo.

This dress is the best of both worlds. Made from chiffon, it’s soft, feminine, and flowy, but the high contrast coral color and big blooms give it a powerful, I am woman feel. Of course, that fabulous, bold clutch amps up the energy too.

white floral dress with bell sleeves

2. Floral Dress with Statement Sleeves

Remember those big bell sleeves from the ’70s? They’re back and turning up on some pretty cute-looking boho-style dresses. This floral shift is darling! It would be so cute at Easter and as you move into Spring. Couldn’t you see this at a wedding or baby shower? So cute, and see how it is paired with white shoes so that the blooms really shine?


Wedding Guest - Floral sleeveless

3. Trapeze Cut Floral Dress

Have you ever owned a trapeze dress? They are super sophisticated, and they are perfect for hiding your tummy if you have a bit of a men-o-pot. Pastels used to be old lady colors, but they are now very modern. The trick is to pair them with darker or neutral accessories like these shoes and bags instead of matchy, pale pink, or blue ones. Lots of arm candy looks great on a dress like this.



4. Bright Floral Dresses with Navy Backgrounds

A couple of years ago, black dresses with bright florals were new and happening, and while they are still around, the new background colors are navy, purple, and even dark forest green. Navy is most popular and is actually very pretty as a canvas because it is warmer and less stark than jet black, accentuating wrinkles, lines, and all those annoying things that come with aging. Bright florals set against a navy backdrop are rich, elegant, and slimming too. I’m a fan.


5. Floral Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are getting more and more popular, and some of the prettiest ones have a floral print. They can be worn anywhere from a beach holiday to a wedding back home. Try to match the floral to the location/theme of the event.

For example, for an island holiday in the Caribbean, try a lush tropical print. For a traditional English country garden wedding? – Try a more conservative, delicate floral. Modern setting? Try a maxi with big, bold blooms and bright colors, so there’s some nice contrast.

Do you like the look of these modern floral dresses? Have you bought one? I’d love to know.


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2 thoughts on “5 Ways To Look Modern in Floral Dresses

  1. I have a floral skirt, ankle length, which I bought last year. It has a black background with splashes of roses, and I thought I’d wear it with a plain black t-shirt and black sandals or booties … not sure about it yet. I would love to read what you say about long skirts, how to wear them, etc … Thank you!

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