Every time I look at the temperature I notice that it’s almost (if not at times already) in the 90s here – and it’s only May! Over are my days of wearing pants and blazers when I go out – it’s all about dresses and shorts for me now. To get the weekend started – I wanted to show you how to dress up floral printed wear. This way if you’re heading out somewhere this weekend you could possibly add a flirty, fun look to your outing.
Maxi dresses are the ultimate summer item – as they can be casual, dressy and airy enough so that you never get hot when you wear them. If the right fit, style and pattern are chosen it can give you a very sophisticated and flattering look.
I absolutely love all the beautiful prints on this dress. With a dress that has a few different patterns you want to keep everything else you’re wearing minimal so it doesn’ take away from the look of the dress. I opted to wear a simple set of bracelets; you could also wear a pair of earrings that complement the colors on it and wear your hair up to show them off. I do not recommend that a long necklace be worn with something like this because it would get lost in the print of the dress nor a short one – you want the dress to be a statement – nothing else. If you plan on wearing a maxi for a dressier event – I recommend wearing wedge sandals; I wore flip flops and that’s because for some reason – I didn’t own any wedges! (I just bought my first pair last week).
Floral Maxi Dress – Forever 21, Blue/Silver Bracelets – H&M, Eggplant Purple Flip Flops – Payless Shoe Source
One of my favorite going-out outfits is dressing up a pair of shorts and wearing heels. Here I’ve put together a floral top with a pair of sequin shorts.
What I like about these two pieces is that the detailing on both of them is very subtle. The top is not overwhelmed with floral print and the shorts are not made with super-sparkly sequins – which is why both pieces stand out without overwhelming the entire look. When I wear sequins, I like to keep all my accessories pretty minimal, so I don’t look too over-dressed.
Dark Olive-Floral Top – Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s, Silver Sequin Shorts – Charlotte Russe, Silver Bracelet – Charlotte Russe
This a really great take on a flirty summer dress (and personally – my favorite floral outfit).
This dress is somewhat similar to the one I wore here and just like I did with that outfit I added a black/gold belt to break up the pattern of this dress. I wore a set of bangles to match the colors from the belt and yellow shoes to complement the little yellow specks in the dress. With this dress, I could have worn black, light pink, nude, or even tan shoes – as all these colors would complement the flowers in the print.
The key to wearing floral (either casual, business or dressy) is to pick pieces that complement that floral piece but don’t overwhelm it – this way you keep your look clean and classy.
Floral Dress – Primark – London, Black and Gold Chain Link Belt – Primark – London, Black and Blush Patent Bag – Primark – London, Yellow Heels – TJ Maxx
After a few very exciting/tiring weekends one after another – I’m ready to have a nice, relaxing one. Besides my usual cleaning tasks – I’m finally going to have a weekend where I can enjoy a hot, lazy afternoon, practice my guitar, watch movies on my new Netflix account, meet up some friends and spend some time working on making clip-in hair extensions (oh yes!) to wear for one of my best friend’s upcoming wedding festivities!
By the way, this was my favorite picture out of my floral shoot – it was so fun to hang off a train!
Photography by Ameeta.