If one thing says "summer", it's floral prints.
Florals aren't considered the most groundbreaking of prints when it comes to summer dressing (who can forget Miranda Priestley's withering put-down?), but one look at the high street will confirm that, regardless of the season, florals will forever be in fashion.
More than a handful of SS'20 headlining trends are adventurous, and - hold onto your bucket hats - for once that includes a genuinely bold array of floral prints. While cute little ditsy blooms do exist in their thousands at this time, there are far louder counterparts vying for the main stage. They can be a little daunting: neon hibiscus splattered trousers don't sound as easy-to-wear as a floral maxi, but such a statement can be impactful, mood-enhancing, and therefore, at least worth your consideration.
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Tulips, roses, peonies: whatever your vibe, throw-and-go dresses for lounging to evening gowns for #dressupfridays, the varieties are almost as endless as our love for florals.
Afraid to look garishly girly? Just add a denim jacket or a pair of white trainers, et voilà!
A floral midi dress is a staple you need in your wardrobe for weddings, events and everything in between. This season, opt for delicate ditsy prints in darker tones than you'd usually expect for summer like dark purples, blue and soft greens – team with white trainers in the day and switch to strappy sandals to make it work in the evening.
Puff Shoulder Crepe Midi Dress, €89, & Other Stories
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It's not a regular suit, it's a cool suit (to paraphrase Regina George's mom). Call it a set, call it a co-ord, call it whatever you want; there's no denying that a floral co-ord should be your go-to look all summer long. A versatile two-piece guarantees maximum styling options; mix and match the separates; dress them up with different accessories - the options are endless.
Granted, it's a style that has done the rounds before but with the weather finally starting to warm up, the pleated midi skirt is the perfect summer item. Just like the satin slip skirt of summers past, a pleated midi skirt will go with everything in your wardrobe: tees, cardigans, camisoles, tank tops, blazers, runners, sandals, heels. Name it, it'll go with it. They also tend to have an elasticated high-waist that automatically cinches your waist as well as a hemline that stops at the perfect spot between your knee and ankle which gives you that longer legs effect. This is a skirt that will work for you, not against you. Just add a splash of sunny florals and you're ready to go
Pleated skirt, €22.99, H&M
Rixo's retro-inspired swimsuit is a nod to the floral designs of the past but offers a contemporary feel with ruffled shoulders and bustier detail. If we could have it our way, this would be all we'd wear this summer.
Valentina Diana Floral Swimsuit, €150, Rixo
I see your classic tan mules and I raise you a bright yellow floral ankle strap mule.
Floral Print Sliders, €40, Dune
Over the past few years, bucket hats have evolved from an ironic comeback trend to bona fide fashion hat of choice. Add florals to a the already fashion pack approved accessory, well now, that is groundbreaking.
Cotton Flowers Hat, €15.99, Mango
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