Sometimes a woman needs a little flower power at work. Floral textiles are a great way to incorporate print, colour and texture into your everyday work wardrobe. Here are some ideas to help you find a floral that reflects your personal style:
When you are shopping for florals, look for prints with colours that flatter your complexion and colouring. I tend to lean towards warm jewel tones like cranberries, olive greens and oranges, as they suit my fair skin and dark hair. If you find cool colours more flattering, look for prints with blues, greens and purples.
Next, consider the size of the floral pattern in question. Prints are a great way to balance out your figure. As a rule of thumb, bigger prints add volume, whereas smaller prints narrow your shape. If you're looking for a little extra on the bottom, try a large floral print skirt like the hibiscus Zara number featured above (left). I love this skirt for so many reasons; not only is the full, midi silhouette a nice change from the usual pencil skirt, it transitions easily into my casual-wear wardrobe as well (and it has an elastic waist - yas!). You can find it here.
Another great way to incorporate florals into your work wardrobe is with a structured dress. Structured dresses create an hourglass silhouette and draw the eye in at the waist. Add a great floral print and you're ready for action. I love Montreal's Boutique 1861 (available online here) for structured floral work dresses (and dresses in general). They list the measurements of every item online, so you can tell before ordering whether the piece is likely to fit. Shipping anywhere in Canada is $5 or free on orders over $99. Shipping to the U.S. is free on orders over $199. I can't rave enough about Boutique 1861! It's my dress store of choice.
For a business-formal office, pair a floral dress with a structured blazer and almond-toe flats. Try a slightly cropped blazer to avoid interfering with the silhouette of an A-line or fuller dress. I like blazers with interesting details like a puffed shoulder, pretty lining, brass buttons or scalloped edge. In a business-casual environment (or on casual Fridays), throw on a floral skirt with a lightweight knit sweater for an easy, elegant look.
Tone-on-tone floral lace pieces are another great option for the office. This look is a nice way to infuse a little texture and interest into your outfit in a subtle, elegant way. If you're nervous to commit to a bold floral print, floral lace is a good alternative. I found the lace pencil skirt featured above at Ann Taylor (find a similar one here) and it quickly became a staple in my work wardrobe. Pseudo-neutrals like olive green are easy to wear and a welcome change when you start to feel neutral-ed out.
So there you have it! How do you like to wear florals? Let me know in the comments section below.