Her Majesty the Queen was photographed on duty yesterday, showing the world that she is feeling better, and back to good health. She didn’t need to say so much, as her outfit did the talking for her; an optimistic floral print dress covered in orange dahlias, snowdrops and white lilies, on a rich green backdrop.
Florals are not just for spring, you see. At this time of the year a floral printed dress, blouse or skirt can be a star performer in one’s wardrobe, providing a shot of colour and interest at a time when many of us are tempted to sartorially retreat and cocoon in navy, grey and black.
Getting the look right (and ensuring you don’t look like you accidentally dressed for a sunnier season happening elsewhere) requires a few key considerations.
Here are five tips to consider before you hit the shops…
Look for a dark base colour
When the canvas for all of these florals is black, or in a darker, richer colour, it makes the whole print read as wintery rather than spring-like. Steering clear of pastel shades is advisable, in favour of saturated oranges, burgundy, forest green and gold foliage.
Choose in-season flowers
The number of high street retailers that slap spring-blooming daffodil, daisy and tulip motifs onto clothing all year round is extraordinary. Picking something a little more carefully will pay off, and make your selection look intentional. Lots of floral fashion prints can be splodgy, abstract and ambiguous, but as long as the overall feeling mimics what you can see in bloom in your garden, or the parks around you, you can’t go too far wrong.
Conduct the footwear test
In short, does the outfit go with darker boots? If you have already considered the colour palette and have dark tones embedded in your print, it should make pairing the outfit with tights and heavier footwear all the easier. Nothing looks more mismatched than a light colour dress with winter hiking boots – make sure you try any new dress on with multiple footwear options before you buy.
For evening events, try satin or velvet
If you’re not into sparkles, wintery floral prints can also work as a great alternative option for party season. Take a cue from supermodel Claudia Schiffer, and find stand-out flowers printed onto black or navy satin fabrics. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, found a printed velvet dress to wear this week with bare legs and classic black heels.
Floral dress, £69, M&S x Ghost at marksandspencer.com
Consider your coat
Finally, as it’s winter, you’ll need to think about what coat to wear with your florals. Black. navy and dark grey wool felt coats will look good over anything, but what can really set off a winter floral design is if you can pick out one colour from the print. If you have a burgundy, plum, brown or forest green coat in your wardrobe, keep that in mind when shopping for your new prints. This could be its time to shine.
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