“Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” - Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada
To not disappoint the editor of Runway magazine, we will style florals for summer, not spring. Still probably not groundbreaking enough.
We’ll say: groundcracking. At least. For sure.
Coach, Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera...
*takes a deep breath*
… Gucci, Zac Posen, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga.
SO. MANY. DIFFERENT. FLOWERS.
Hence, every other clothing item you see in stores nowadays has some kind of floral theme written all over it.
How do you distinguish and buy quality?
Here’s how I see it.
If the flowers don’t look real, they probably shouldn’t be on your clothes.
Flower patterns are like paintings. A good flower painting (see: Irises by Vincent Van Gogh) will have its subjects portrayed as closely to reality as possible. A good flower pattern on clothing should do the same.
Another good question to ask yourself is: have I seen these in real life? Take your imagination to your favorite flower shop, like Strange’s Florists, or even a Kroger if you’re having trouble. Now take a look around. Told you.
Color combinations should not cause your mind to work harder than when solving 2+2.
You look at it and it’s like you just took a bite of a fresh, warm, soft, glazed doughnut from Krispy Kreme. For all the people on a diet, I’m sorry. Think of strawberries and blueberries instead!
Either way, you should not feel as if you just watched the most recent episode of The Walking Dead or witnessed someone crack their iPhone screen.
The colors of the floral pattern should go so well together, that you have no question about it. No wondering whether those highlight pink roses are a little too much. Simply, a complete harmony of assorted shades.
Placement & Size.
The manufacturers of common patterns have a habit of creating one floral arrangement and then awkwardly placing it all over the dress. It’s usually in chunks, leaving an unflattering amount of whitespace in between. Sometimes, none at all. The only difference is that they tilt the design in different directions to make it look better. Yikes.
Others, take the same floral arrangement and make it smaller to the point that even the highest resolution screen cannot distinguish the pattern at the online store. These designers then place the flowers as closely together as possible to fit as many as they can on the fabric. Result: you’re wearing a dotted dress.
Always follow your instinct. Try to pick patterns that appear organic and put together, while having a certain complexity. Don’t be afraid to take on a fresh appearance. Maybe something you haven’t done before? Mix of stripes and florals?
Search for a look that will compliment your appearance by adding a drop of elegance through nature’s beautiful treasure, which we call flowers.
Who Made That?
It is the question that’s usually heard when I show my mom yet another piece I found on a Marshalls rack. She’s right. It’s crucial to stay aware of who makes your clothing.
I’m not saying you should go and splurge on extremely expensive brands. No, not at all.
However, it is worth to buy a quality thing once in a while that might be slightly more pricey than other contents of your closet. One of those things is anything floral.
It happens to be so because of the distinguishable appearance that flowers have on clothing. We’ve talked about that before. Hence, small things like stitching, fabric, and colors can make a huge difference.
I have to give Zara an absolute five stars for producing some amazing-looking patterns.
Floral Patterns Education Status: CERTIFIED
Proud of you,hun.
GO GET'EM GIRL!
by Anastasia Postolati