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Pretty Floral Dresses Signal Spring

Few items of clothing can make you feel more feminine than a beautiful floral pattern.  Always flirty, pretty, and appropriate for spring, florals are sprouting up in dres’ shops! Here’s a look at some of the prettiest dresses in the garden of fashion.

 

blue and white floral dress

 

Perfectly Pretty

This feminine blue floral print dress is practical and pretty. It has a slight nip in at the sides, which manages to make you look shapely even if you don’t have much of a waist. The beautiful bell sleeves give it a modern romantic touch.

Shoes are important with a dress like this. You don’t want anything too bright or busy to detract from the stunning print, so these pumps are perfect.  Flats would work well with this style, too, especially since shift dresses are always a little on the short side. I can see wearing this dress to many functions, which makes it a good buy.

Gold or silver accessories can work with a blue and white floral dress, but silver looks most modern now.

wrap floral dress

 

 

No Boring Bouquet Here!

Here’s a head-turning dress in a figure-flattering style. I always love a wrap dress, and what makes this blue floral dress extra special is that gorgeous Asian-inspired floral print and the asymmetrical front wrap. This dress is a good length, too, just at the knee, hard to find.

A cuff bracelet is a beautiful way to show off that 3/4 length sleeve. Finish it off with some sexy suede pumps and this stunning coral bag.

Floral print dress

 

Brushstroke Florals

What a ladylike dress! — This vibrant brushstroke print dress has a painterly quality that makes it look like this white floral dress was plucked out of an art gallery. It’s perfect for conservative types who want to look a touch more creative.

This spring, anything goes with floral print dresses. Stripes mixed with floral are big, and tropical floral prints are always a winner this time of year. Keep in mind when you are buying a floral print to get the right scale. A tiny floral on a big gal is going to make you look bigger.

Keep in mind when you are buying a floral print to get the right scale. A tiny floral on a big gal is going to make you look bigger. Conversely, a huge floral print on a tiny gal is overpowering.

One other thing. Think about where you will be wearing your floral. If you are a high-powered businesswoman, then a daisy print dress doesn’t cut it. You may want to wear a pencil skirt with a very subtle, abstract floral print.

If you are attending a rustic wedding in a country garden, you won’t wear a loud tropical print. A beautiful spring flower garden print would be more appropriate.

On the flip side, if you were planning a trip to Hawaii, a pink and white dress with roses would look out of place. You’d be better off with a dress that had brighter, more exotic flowers like birds of paradise or orchids. Get the idea?

 

Not sure what floral is best for you?

Keep the pattern in scale with your body. Here are a few examples:

Small and Petite?– large floral patterns on spacious backgrounds will overpower

Tall and Size? – dainty floral prints will make your body seem extra large

Skinny and shapeless -Patterns with large spaces in between and strong color contrasts between print and background will make your body look larger or curvier.

Heavy in certain areas? – Wear patterns with regular spaces between them and low color contrast

know spring is right around the corner when floral dresses start

Want to see more? Meet some style bloggers over 40 who love florals.

 

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13 thoughts on “Pretty Floral Dresses Signal Spring

  1. I have long been complaining of the War on Sleeves. Almost as if they think there are only 2 seasons: ski weather and bikini time.
    Now there seems to be 2 choices coming down the pike — the 3/4 sleeve and the bell style (which I hate). Bring on the caplet, the round bubble cap, the flowy half sleeve, etc etc

    1. Hi Kathy, I get a lot of emails about this, especially from women who don’t want to wear sleeveless and often that’s all there is. I’m surprised you don’t like 3/4 length. It’s very flattering. Bell sleeves..they’re pretty too but if they are not for you, pass. Let’s just hope what you are looking for comes in next. I will keep my eyes open for some to post. Cheers, Deborah

  2. These are lovely but my arms, alas, need coverage. Would love it if you would include some summer-weight cardigans or shrugs that could be worn with the dresses, and also summer dresses with elbow length or 3/4 sleeves. This is a market very ignored currently!

  3. I am 55 and a runner, so I am in pretty good shape, wear a size 6. My favorite dresses were drop-waisted when I was in my 30s. Is this too young for me now, in gray or black?

  4. Yes, I agree with the other ladies. I am looking for a floral dress/skirt for spring and weddings and am having a terrible time finding something with a little more coverage. Some 1/2 sleeves would be nice. Also not all of us have the perfect calves to show off either. I am in good shape, but 6 babies have made my calves something I would rather conceal a little bit. Love the sheath dress look though. I appreciate your site.

  5. Hi,

    I just found your ezine and I think it’s great. I am 45 and I love to wear dresses. I really like dresses by Rachel Pally, Velvet, Michael Stars etc… but I am a little busty, my question is, who makes dresses that are cute and stylish that aren’t so low cut? It seems as if all the dresses these days are made for small breasted women. Can you please tell me and other women like me where we can find dresses that cover our breasts.

    Thank you,

    Kimberly

    1. Hi Kimberly,
      It’s a difficult problem! One thing many busty women do, is find a “bandeau” top and wear it under your things that are too low.
      (it is a piece of fabric like a “tube top”. It is like wearing a thin spaghetti strap top but with out the straps!

      I wear Velvet, and some of their dresses are not cut too low so it will depend on the style. Also, I love Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dresses, but they almost never cover me very well and I am not even that big! However, I do wear a full camisole under mine and that works great. (FYI,the bandeau top would not work with a wrap dress, since it would not hold you up enough)

      Cheers,
      Deborah

  6. Please do post dresses with sleeves! I have the worst time finding warm weather dresses that are flattering and have sleeves…and don’t give me a cap sleeve and expect me to think it’s a sleeve…I know the difference!
    Thanks!