Is there anything more summery than wearing florals? It’s the closest you can get to wearing a garden (and you know how we’re getting into those. Must be our advancing years.) In tribute to flower show season, we bring you our edit of the best floral buys – from timid dip-your-toe-in to full-on flower garden.
Truly, florals are everywhere right now – perhaps it’s the Chelsea effect? (Although Alex and I managed to be just about the only bloggers who didn’t go. Next year, we’ll make a special effort. I even have RHS memberships so really have no excuse.) When I was trawling the shops for the best pieces for this post, the only problem was knowing when to stop. I could have gone on. And on etc. These are just some of my favourites: the best floral buys on the high street (plus a couple of high-er end options, should you be so inclined. The dress I’m wearing above is DÔEN and, yes, it’s an investment buy, but one I know I’ll wear and wear.)
Wear a little floral something and it lifts your spirits in the same way as flowers in a jam jar do. They’re pretty, bright and perky, If that sounds annoying, I don’t mean it to. Goodness knows I am not in any way perky for at least the first hour of the day. Anything that can liven me up in the morning is worth trying. Coffee, porridge, flowers on my clothes.
You might worry that florals are too cutesy, too twee or too chintzy. To which I say, you’ve just not met the right floral. Floral doesn’t have to mean ditsy little prints or pastel hues. It can also mean bold patterns or bright colours. Or both – see the Kitri jumpsuit below by way of example, or pretty much anything by Rixo. I wore this the other week and have never had so many compliments on a dress. One woman pursued me determinedly across a square to ask where it was from. Such is the power of a good floral. You can also toughen up your florals with a denim jacket and trainers or chunky sliders. Or wear a floral skirt with a plain tee. They work with denim (as – let’s face it – does pretty much anything), too.
Still too flowery for you? Try a floral headband. Flattering, low effort and a blessing on a bad hair day.
1. Yellow blouse, £35, Topshop; 2. Jumpsuit, £49.99, M&S; 3. Daisy print skirt, £75, hush; 4. Wide leg trousers, £29.99, Zara; 5. Blouse, £85, Kitri; 6. Yellow frilled dress, £29.99, H&M; 7. Embroidered blouse, £99, Boden; 8. White broderie blouse, £49.99, Mango; 9. Maxi dress, £165, Kitri; 10. Floral print dress, £69.99, Zara; 11. Pink printed skirt, £49.99, Zara; 12. Bikini top, £25 and bottoms, £28, Boden; 13. Blue dandelion print midi dress, £85, & Other Stories; 14. Pink daisy top, £48, Boden; 15. Viola headband, £14, T.A.E.; 16. Scarf bag, £35.99, Mango; 17. Jumpsuit, £38, Asos; 18. Blouse, £185, DÔEN; 19. Skirt, £225, Rixo; 20. Top, £59, Whistles; 21. Maxi button skirt, £26, Next; 22. Green dress, £60, Monsoon; 23. Earrings, £6.99, H&M; 24. Embroidered basket bag, £42, Monsoon; 25. Head band, £16, Accessorize