This time of year, you might not expect to see bold, floral-print clothing on the racks of your favorite boutiques. But this year is an exception. Large fall florals are a huge trend. That leaves some shoppers wondering how to wear the look without seeming like you haven't flipped your calendar since April. Here's how:
1.) Mix a floral top with a simple geo-print, check or herringbone skirt.
Classic prints like checks and herringbone, as well as some very simple geometric prints, can be worn as neutrals. That means you can pair them with prints as you would a neutral solid color. We chose a White House Black Market simple geometric print pencil skirt to go with this Sweet Rain sleeveless floral top. The black and white print skirt is the neutral and the colorful sleeveless top makes the statement. The chunky stone necklace ties the outfit together. Wear this look to work or a luncheon for a polished but trendy look.
2.) Add a heavy, textured piece like suede or leather to a lightweight floral dress.
By itself, a dress with an all-over floral print, especially if it's sleeveless or short-sleeve, is too spring-y to wear in late September and October. But adding a leather or suede jacket instantly makes the dress perfect for fall and right on trend.
We took this summery sleeveless floral print dress and added a dark brown leather Yves St. Laurent jacket to make it appropriate for fall. The coral background of this dress is gorgeous, and pops against the deep chocolate color of the jacket.
Then we accessorized with a tiered, dark blue statement necklace to give the outfit another dark-hued element, making it look more fall-like and less beachy.
Wear this outfit to a concert, dinner date or girls night out.
3.) Match your top to the darkest colors in the floral print.
All summer, your favorite floral pants or skirts probably looked great with a simple white tank or blouse. Well, you can keep wearing your print pieces by finding the darkest tones in the floral print and pairing a top to match those hues.
These floral Zara pants look lightweight and airy during warm-weather months with a white tank and a denim jacket. For fall, though, the top needs to be dark, like this Madewell black long sleeve sweater. This draws out the black background of the pants and makes the lighter colors, like yellow and white, less obvious.
A silk, long sleeve, navy blouse or a hunter green tank with a camel colored blazer over top would also pair perfectly and allow you to incorporate your summer floral pants into your fall wardrobe!
Happy fall, y'all!