Flower Power: Print-Mixing with Florals
Floral is in and it is everywhere. From tiny flowers that could pass for polka dots, to lace, to covering every millimeter of a garment, this pattern has reemerged as one of this summer’s hottest trends. The best part? It is so versatile. This pattern can be monochromatic, pastel, neon, or jewel toned. It can be dressed up or down, and is appropriate in some form for almost any occasion.
Typically, when I think about floral, I imagine it paired with something solid in the same color scheme so that it doesn’t become too overwhelming. Because print-mixing requires a refined eye, I’ve always been a little bit hesitant about trying it for myself. Not to be taken too lightly, it can easily go wrong. That’s not to say you can’t have fun with it and experiment, but there are definitely some combinations that work better than others.
This season, though, I came across theses styled looks from Jack Wills while at work, and I can easily say that my perception of the limitations of floral prints have been challenged.
I love that this look has a pair of bright, casual floral shorts paired with a dainty, sheer white silk tee. The flowers on the shirt are understated enough that the patterns compliment each other, rather than compete for the spotlight.
Another casual look, these shorts are adorable in navy and white. They work well paired with the white silk tee with the flowers. They make for a more luxurious lounging ensemble.
This look is still growing on me, but after seeing the pieces in person, I have to say I kind of like it. The pants are phenomenal, with flowers in light pink that also incorporate other elements into the pattern. The bright, classic-fit oxford shirt contrasts enough with the pants without clashing. And the white Brogues are perfect.
If you’re headed to the beach, this look is for you. The sheer, floral lace shirt looks adorable over a bikini top, and the red, white and blue gym shorts scream 4th of July. Perfect for a day of partying in the sun and sand.
Moral of the story? Floral print-mixing is a taboo no longer!! I’m so excited. This is definitely something I’m going to try for myself and if I’m even remotely successful, I’ll share the pictures with you!