With Summer upon us, floral dresses seem to be all the rage all across the globe, particularly in the UK. Take note of Kelly Brook, Amber Atherton and Myleene Klass all seen in London recently styled in above the knee floral frocks. I've taken stock of what's out there to shop and have come up with 10 different on-trend styles. Shop them below and leave a comment to let me know which is your favourite!
This Summer requires more than a floral dress, it requires a jumpsuit! There are so many fab versions available right now in a range of different coloured floral styles.
I love this loose fitting style by Free People (pictured, £84) which is perfect for lazy Summer days and so chic. For a smaller budget, how about this flared jumpsuit (£25) from Boohoo. Will you be sporting a floral jumpsuit this Summer?
Floral dresses to Summer are like knitwear to Winter – always en vogue! This Summer, there seem to be more floral frocks than ever so I have rounded up ten very different styles which are available now. Whether you prefer a smock, maxi or mini you're sure to find something here.
I am currently stuck in a bit of a wardrobe rut. I have many big, billowing tops which I had been teaming with skinny jeans, however, the new season has brought a new trouser shape which is causing problems! This Spring trousers are baggy around the hips (think harem pants or carrot leg trousers) so teaming with an oversized blouse is very unflattering.
The solution comes in the shape of figure hugging tops like these floral corsets. Mischa Barton has already sported the style, which is a softer take on the traditional corset. They're brightly coloured and cut to flatter your curves. You could wear it with cut-off shorts and chunky sandals for a cool festival look.
There's no denying that florals have taken over the world of fashion this Summer and will continue to reign through the winter. Tiers and ruffles too have gradually encroached on our wardrobe. However, you can have too much of a good thing. When ruffles met florals for this dress, there was a risk that it could be over powering but these girls took on the challenge. Heidi Range was spotted in her dress at the Isle of Wight festival back in June and she teamed it with a cute pink bolero. Nikki was spotted in hers yesterday and wore it alone. Who do you think wore it better?
One of the things I really like about Mischa Barton is that she's not afraid to try something different, even if it is a little bit risky. She attended the Candie's Foundation Event to Prevent Benefit earlier in the week sporting a pair of high waisted chinos. She nodded to this season's penchant for florals with a pretty camisole and then dressed up the look with brown chunky heels. See below to get the look for less.
Now that you already have your floral dress, and miniskirt why not complete your floral wardrobe with a pair of floral shoes? The trend has now hit footwear where Stella McCartney reigns supreme with her cork etched wedges (pictured) which appeared on her Spring catwalk.
I would not recommend wearing head to toe floral but when you're wearing trousers why not hint at the trend with pretty flats or funky heels. Stella McCartney's designs are more subtle so are the perfect addition to a floral dress. See below for more examples.
Ever since Jaime Winstone was spotted out partying in a Luella floral skirt, we've been lusting after the Spring collection. Pop UK already has her tiered Luella skirt but now the line is finally available online! Hoorah!
As always, Luella has produced a must-have printed t-shirt that will be a dressed down favourite of everybody from Lily Allen to Alexa Chung. This season it features a waving batman (£55) or an unidentified superhero (£55). There are also lots of florals from this funky prom dress (£325) to the Mary Jane collar blouse (£175). If only I could have it all!
Last week we reported on Jaime Winstone's Bungalow 8 outfit which included a tiered floral skirt from the latest Luella collection (pictured). The High Street have quickly taken on the trend for Spring providing those who can't stretch to a Luella original (myself included) with a good range of options!
The main factor to consider when buying a mini ra-ra skirt is the length and the exact place on your thigh where it cuts you. Sometimes if a skirt is slightly too long or too short it can be very unflattering so it's worth trying on a few. A darker print can easily be teamed with thick tights and a jumper for winter then dressed down in the Summer.
See below for a few options costing less than £40.