Florals are a springtime given. They come out for weddings, they come out for the races, they are the go-to print, the signifier that the season has finally changed - but they can get stuck in a rut. It's all too easy to pull out the same petal-strewn dress time and time again or see the same genre of bloom-smothered prints staring back at you from the rails. So shake it up. You don't want to be rehashing last year's foliaged fashion and simply wearing florals again. Take them out of the traditional "pretty" and "occasion-only" boxes and put them in one with a little more attitude and verve instead. Be it dropping the ditsy print for 3D fun, serving with a side of sheer or fringing, here are four ways to make florals seem fresh once again.
- Blooms can quickly look old-fashioned and nostalgic. And that's lovely - and appropriate - on some occasions. But not always. Bring assertive and surprising edge by either teaming a sheer blouse with a skirt or pair of printed trousers (that you'll already have hanging up in your wardrobe) or go all out and find yourself a dress that intersperses the pretty petals with the translucent panels.
- Subvert spring - opt for dark colour combinations over pastels. Simply, they'll carry more clout. Similarly, team them with leather over lace to steer yourself away from froufrou sweetness. Alexander McQueen was a serious lesson in this, though less wearable for every day. A biker boot or beaten leather jacket, meanwhile, as spotted at Saint Laurent, is the right idea.
- Ditch the ditsy print and bring blooms to life in 3D, be it through accessory choices - a brooch, a hair slide or corsage as you'll find creeping in more for autumn/winter 2015 - or through decoration detail. A neckline, a hem, or even all-over to sprout across a top or cami will be all the more interesting with teasing texture. Rodarte and Chanel were among those to show that flowers can grow beyond the confines of the garden fence.
- Fringing is very much in for spring/summer 2015. It's because of the Seventies bug that's hit, it's because it's festival season and it's because a suede jacket looks even better with svelte strands swaying from its sleeves and shoulders. It's also a game-changer for florals - gives them that "summer of love" vibe, the opposite of social occasion structure. Embrace it. And take your floral and fauna style cues from the nymphs at Alberta Ferretti.