I’m going to say it and don’t go all Miranda Priestly on me: Spring fashion 2014 is all about florals. Now, they are not – repeat, NOT – the girly or granny flowers you can’t stand. This year, store windows are showing that today’s florals have undergone a serious style update. If you think about it, a flowers almost always lie on opposite ends of the age spectrum. When colours are soft and dainty, a floral pattern can look like something a 7-year-old would wear. Choose instead a large, bold floral and out of nowhere, you might find yourself remembering your Nana’s chintz settee. The way I see it, if we apply a little cross-multiplication (fashion fractions are my kind of math), you can hop on this year’s floral trend and still look chic. Follow my lead to learn how to wear Spring’s biggest fashion trend.

How to Wear Florals  Flowers make any garment look flirty and feminine. Look around and you’ll see florals on everything from dresses to pants to shoes and everything in between. This soft watercolour-like print from Ted Baker London gives a youthful yet sophisticated glow to these giant blooms.

Spring 2014 Florals from Ted Baker London

Feeling bold and bright? Styled by Shannon Willis, this Pink Martini jacket from Lemonberry is a sharp spin on something that could have looked entirely too twee in a pastel palette. Grounded by the midnight base, the flirty itty-bitty flowers are scattered in poppy, cobalt and emerald green.

Spring Floral Trend - Pink Martini floral jacket

While *I* would not hesitate to rock an all-over print (thank you, thank you), it can be daunting. A great way to participate in a trend without feeling trendy is to wear it with accessories. It’s amazing how much impact a statement necklace or gauzy wrap can transform what you loved last year into something current. The soft pinks and greens of this Fleurette necklace look fabulous over a plain heather grey cotton maxi dress or khaki green tee. It doesn’t require a paradigm shift in your wardrobe to wear it.

Stella & Dot Fleurette Necklace

A lightweight scarf with a neutral base, punched up with pretty citrine flowers, pairs perfectly with a linen blazer and your old boyfriend jeans or even the new Mom jeans.

Stella & Dot Palm Springs ScarfSpring 2014 brings fresh florals that are both light and lively, so go forth and feel feminine, and most of all, have fun wearing them. 

Featured Image: Nina Ricci, Spring 2014. Available at Neiman Marcus.

About the author

Colleen Carlisle

Years in the garment industry left Colleen Carlisle with a nasty habit of trend-watching and forecasting. Always obsessed with finding the perfect fit and the most flattering colours, Colleen is in the personal shopping and styling business as a Director with trend-setting accessories company, Stella & Dot.

Colleen is a passionate entrepreneur, an enthusiastic volunteer and a style-savvy dynamo who can't bear to keep her mouth shut no matter the consequences. She is happily married to Mr. Good Times and with their two hilarious children plus a dog called Bones they split their time between her hometown of King City, Ontario, and family homes in Muskoka and on Siesta Key in Florida.

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