Florals are an obvious choice in spring. In the last few years designer have gone down a very interesting garden path with a type of floral print that is dark and interesting.
When the dark floral trend began a couple of years ago, we saw mostly muted florals on dark backgrounds. The average black floral dress was moody, mysterious and edgy. Now the trend is bright, colorful blooms set against inky black and blue backgrounds. The vibe is more dramatic, lively and fun.
What’s the best way to style a dark floral now? Here are a few ideas.
1. Let Dark Florals Stand Alone
Dramatic 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 black floral dress that combines two different florals for a more fashion forward look.
3. Accent with a Pop of Color
Make a dark floral dress pop by adding a clutch in on of the colors from the blouse. For Example, if your blouse is black and pale blue, try a cobalt blue bag to make it pop.
4. Sculpt your Figure With Florals
First, there was color blocking to highlight your best parts and camouflage trouble areas, now designers are using florals to slim and shape. They’ve 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. The solid black at the tummy area visually shrinks it.
5. Try Some Bold Jewelry
There’s an unexpected twist when it comes to pairing jewelry with a black floral dress. 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 keeps noir florals looking strong and not wimpy.
Do you own a black floral dress? Where do you wear it?