Guide to Floral

botanical shoe

Listen: It’s time we have a heart-to-heart here my fashion-forward friends. First day of Spring has come and gone.

Why are you STILL wearing black right now? Is that grey? Wait … dark navy?

Well, this is the time to really discuss in detail something that is of utmost importance. VITAL! A matter of life and death! Well, for your springtime closet anyway.

Today, I want to discuss FLORAL. Specifically Floral Prints!

Stop! Wait! Don’t run away! You’re not going to get far because frankly, I’ve already locked the door and have the key! So listen as I guide you through this blooming fashion trend on this the second week of spring. Let me school you, from signet marigold silk scarves, to vintage Hermes floral wear, we’re going to run the bouquet gamut, so grab a straw hat, a hot coffee and let’s get started!

I’ll keep it short and sweet here-anyone can wear floral! Plus size, petite, hourglasses, pear shape, listen: you CAN do this! Don’t balk, it’s true! In small doses it can sweeten up a tough look and in big ones, it can recall the sultry siren call of Italian bombshells like Sophia Lauren. Here’s some eye candy and tips for owning this oft abused pattern:

celebrities in floral

Plant the Seed!
Oh hey is that Beyoncé in floral pants? Yes, it is, hey B! Aim for her look and keep it simple. Gear down for either pants with a demure top, or a colorful floral blazer with a neutral bottom. Don’t do both unless you’re going for extreme Blossom remix. Although, let’s hand it to her, those acid wash jeans do kick it easy with a fake floral bonnet.

Water that Soil!
Get inspired by runway, but aim local! Goodwill literally has THE best collection of floral pattern apparel I’ve seen. And as someone with years upon years of luxury and secondhand designer textile experience, and a fierce devotion to looking like a million, but paying twenty, it’s easy to get lost in the racks finding the perfect fit. My most recent acquisition was a 1960’s boned vintage corset dress, replete with full skirt and cherry floral pattern. Cost off the rack: $24.99! In some mainstream stores a look like this would set me back over a hundred dollars, so be sure to capitalize on your thrifting!

blossom like blossom

Till the Earth!
Pair feminine floral with tough, masculine or boyish edges to avoid the syrupy saccharine vibe. No one wants a powder puff, so grab a pair of biker boots and put it under that floral sundress, instant tomboy beauty. Don’t be afraid to wear it as a belt, layered cashmere or cardi under overalls. Oh yes. I said overalls. AND denim skirts. I know you don’t believe me, but Google spring trend denim, and you will see. It’s coming back like Sam & Libby ballet flats, people.

Embrace the Bouquet You’ve Grown!
Finally, don’t fear the floral! Grab a pair of gloves, a vintage silk scarf, some wide sunglasses and go! If you can lock down a buttery Hermes piece, or better yet, floral Chanel like in this weekend’s window sale at 72nd Street, you will be THE belle of the floral ball! Even a little peek of it as a slip under a dress, or for the guys who are starving for color after a rough winter, a snazzy sock and oxford combo! HEY! You think I’m not checking out that guy’s ankles at 34th Street when he goes up the subway stairs, you got another thing coming! Nice socks!

Be a retro bombshell

So, take a look at some hot floral designs pictured here, as well as the starlets and performers who wear them!

Shake off the winter thaw and RUN to the thrift store to stock up on bright, juicy, absolutely invigorating bolts of FLORAL inspiration!

Till next time, see you at the racks!

~Brandee

Brandee, the manager of Goodwill’s 72nd Street boutique, is also a writer, performance artist, thrift fashion and DIY enthusiast. Brandee’s projects have been featured in  Bill Cunningham’s New York Times style column, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and INC. Magazine. She loves French-press coffee and lives the designer thrift lifestyle bursting onto the fashion forward streets of the New York City she calls home.

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