How to Wear Winter Florals

Wearing floral prints in spring and summer feels natural and easy. But how do you wear them once the weather turns cold? The answer is Winter Florals  or dark floras as they are called are dark, moody blooms with an edgy, modern vibe. Winter Florals are a beautiful way to add some print to your tried-and-true solids and bring a little color into an all-black wardrobe. Here’s how to wear them with flair!

Black and blue Floral Sheath Dress

1. Let Your Florals Take Centre Stage

Winter florals are bold and command attention, so neutral accessories are the most elegant way to wear them. 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 from 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.

Winter floral dress


2. Choose Modern Styles and Shapes

Some gals worry that florals, especially moody, dark florals, will make them look like a washed-out little old lady. But that 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.

Black Floral Sweatshirt with Slip On Sneakers

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.

Cap Sleeve Dress - Floral Dress in Winter


4. Mind the Size of Your Florals

As with any print, you should keep in mind the print’s size about your body size. An oversized 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!

Cap Sleeve Dress - floral dress in winter

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.

Plum Top with White Skinny Jeans


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, 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.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think dark florals are glam or too gloomy for your taste? Have you worn them? How and where?


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5 thoughts on “How to Wear Winter Florals

  1. Love the Winter florals with longer sleeves and length. Perfect with leggings. Black/flowers are big this Winter. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Dark florals have always been my favorite because of their versatility and sophistication. They work well to punch up cold-weather outfits, yet they’re easy to wear in warm weather by pulling a pastel or bright tone out of the print. You’re so right about getting the scale of the pattern right for your frame. It’s important to look at the background color versus the pattern. You examples show a clear “ground” between the pattern elements. That’s the path that the eye will follow, and often the clearer the path, the better it will shape your figure.
    For fall I’ve added a tunic with an oversized burgundy and rose watercolor floral print, dark gray, burgundy and blush floral jeans, and a short-sleeve knit sheath dress in black, olive, plum and turquoise.

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