A while back I went on holiday to Suffolk – anybody been? They say that Kent is the garden of England, surely if this is the case, then Suffolk has to be its equal. What a picture! Mile after mile of gorgeous historic villages with picturesque cottages and the most beautiful garden floral displays. Stunning! And yes, we did have the most wonderful weather for it – lucky us. Deciding what to wear when the temperature rises can be a challenge, so why not keep your cool when the heat is on by ‘blossoming’ out.
Yes fashion’s love of flowers continues. So, should ‘grown’ women wear florals? Are they suitable for anything other than afternoon tea? My vote says a big YES.
OK, so we get it, everyone must continue smelling of roses this season too including the celebrities, however, what are our options?
In full bloom
Fitted, flirty and floral: your new summer super hero that will take you from cocktails to weddings. This pretty must-wear dress will rise to any occasion. Add a stunning hat for the ‘wow’ factor. So ‘forget-me-not’ – this season it’s about blooms with sex appeal.
Not sure about the dress, then a floral jumpsuit is the answer if you want to be more comfortable. Watch the size of the flowers though. If you are a grand scale you need larger flowers, the petites need smaller, neat, florals. I have just bought a fantastic one in Desigual.
My personal favourite. I love everything oriental since my visit to Cambodia a few years ago. With the Kimono comeback – you have to have a floral one. Soft yet structured, elegant yet edgy, it flatters and hides upper arms.
Or give an everyday jacket, cardigan or dress an upgrade with the ‘obi’ belt. Tied in a knot, it cinches waists and adds definition to slouchy shapes. What’s not to love?
Who said florals look frumpy? A matching two-piece is the new-season game changer. Wear together for high impact dressing or as separates to get two outfits for the price of one. Keep the silhouette simple and you can’t go wrong.
My mum who is 86 years old, is looking timelessly elegant in her floral top (recently purchased by her personal stylist aka me). Just one lovely example that proves ‘grown’ women can wear florals.
So don’t be a wallflower, get into full bloom!
Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.