Florals for Grownups: 5 Modern Ways to Wear this Girly Print

Embrace a floral print this summer—without looking like a long-lost member of the Von Trapp family. Not convinced? Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start)…

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  • Scale them to your body. A petite woman can be overwhelmed by a big print—but a taller woman looks like she’s swimming in blossoms with a too-small design. Pick something that suits your frame.
  • Add strong accessories. A leather cuff, jean jacket, blazer or structured bag makes a good contrast for this feminine motif.
  • Try it in a pant. Surprise: Floral isn’t just for tea dresses! Wearing the print in a jean or trouser tones down the sweetness.
  • Leave room for interpretation. Stylized versions of the motif—ones that look painted in watercolor or done in psychedelic colors, for example—feel more modern than a picture-perfect bloom.
  • Add a geometric. Mixing prints is all the rage and gives a floral ensemble a quirky edge. For best results, choose a contrasting print in a different scale that contains 1-2 of the same base colors.

Photo credits (left to right): garnerstyle.blogspot.com; songofstyle.com; Via Pinterest; atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com; merricksart.com

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Coyote urine. It’s the reason my hydrangeas actually bloomed this year. (Deer repellent.) And after her thorough sweep of the gardens for chipmunks, it’s what Mary smells like right now. #bathtime Happy Saturday!

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