The best way to tackle the so-called ‘winter blues’ is to embrace the full spectrum of sartorial possibilities that come with a drop in temperature. Warm, tonal colour palettes—caramels, ochres, and burgundys—are in abundance, as are comforting earth prints. Enter stage left: the high fashion floral.
Granted, florals can get a bad wrap, associated with bad bridesmaid dresses or daisy-printed childrenswear. But the truth is (contrary to the views espoused in a certain beloved film) florals can be groundbreaking—you just need to know how to style them.
For Coach’s autumn winter ‘21 collection, creative director Stuart Vevers called on an eclectic group of style savants (think: Kaia Gerber, Tavi Gevinson, and Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon) to model their new-season wares. A long-time staple for Coach, delicate dark florals featured prominently—on pretty pleated day dresses and slinky lace slips.
At the couture shows in January, Chanel and Dior showed romantic florals too—tiered blush dresses replete for the world’s most stylish wedding guest at the former, Medieval-style lace and baroque gowns at the latter. At Kim Jones’ much-hyped couture debut for Fendi womenswear, rosettes were affixed to satin gowns and flowers were delicately embroidered into the sides of dresses.
During a social moment where ‘stopping to smell the roses’ has become our forced reality, it’s perhaps no surprise that the natural world is inspiring our greatest designers. But the question remains: how do you wear them?
Our advice on this front: less is more. Thoughtful dashes of floral print—blended in with utilitarian colours and classic silhouettes—will make a far greater statement than going head-to-toe. Shake off a Hawaiian shirt’s unwanted ‘surfer bro’ connotations by layering it underneath a chunky, sleeveless knit, adding a touch of femininity with a shorter hemline and grabby accessories. Few outfits will fill the ‘Sunday brunch’ brief like a floral-printed Bec+Bridge dress, elevated with a beautifully-tailored blazer and a delicate smattering of gold jewellery. For work? Layer a mid-length wrap dress by Kenzo with on-trend knee-high boots, with a classic beige trench coat belted over top.
The best part? You’ll be able to wear each of those pieces with simple sandals, clever denim, and a raffia tote come summer—the proverbial ‘win win’.
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