How To Wear Florals When It's Not Really Your Thing

Happy Monday and first day of May! I’m going to be that person and say I don’t know how it’s already the fifth month of 2017. This year has gone by so fast but this month should be a fun one. I’m out of school for the month, my best friend just moved back to Birmingham, and I am heading down to Gulf Shores to go to HangOut Fest at the end of the month. So stay tuned for a lot of fun things on the blog and social media this month!

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Dress: H&M (similar here) | Shoes: Target | Sunglasses: BP (under $15!) | Rings: Forever 21 | Earrings: Kate Spade

I’ve never been the girl to wear a lot of pink or florals. My color palette tends to be more neutral but something about the pattern of this dress got me. So I wanted to share some tips on how to wear florals in case some of you are like me and normally stick with simple patterns or neutrals.

Keep the silhouette simple

Another issue I run into when it comes to floral pieces is that they are usually light flowy fabrics with ruffles. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good flowy dress but mixed with a floral pattern it becomes too much for me. So stick with a simple cut and let the pattern be the main feature.

Choose the right colors

So a big part of me buying this dress was the colors in the pattern. I loved the mix of blues and cranberry colors as well as the intricate patterns. These colors fit better with my style than the typically light pinks and greens that you see with floral patterns. So stick with non traditional floral colors like I did with this other floral dress from last year.

Don’t let your accessories compete

The last tip is to let your accessories accent the pattern not compete with it. For my look I chose a classic shoe that matched the blue in my dress. I also chose these pink sunglasses to accent the other tones in the pattern – plus I love these sunglasses so I wear them whenever I can.

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51 Comments

  1. Beth Kirk Schön
    May 1, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Nice post! Well written and easy to follow. Florals can be intimidating to know how to wear. Thanks!! Beth, http://www.wisemommies.com

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Thank you so much Beth!

  2. Riley Irwin
    May 1, 2017 / 10:59 am

    I absolutely love this! Florals are perfect for summertime!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:50 am

      I totally agree!

  3. May 1, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Those shoes are so unique! I positively love blues in floral dresses. I just think it is the most elegant look. Hope you have an amazing week!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:52 am

      They are one of my favorite style of shoes! They are comfortable and a cute color.

  4. May 1, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    This dress is fantastic and not a traditional floral. In fact unless you look closely it doesn’t really read as a floral dress. I think the colour pallet too keeps it from being too obviously “pretty floral” but still is gorgeous.

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:54 am

      I think that’s why I liked it so much because it wasn’t traditional.

  5. May 1, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I love these tips and couldn’t agree more! You pull of the trend beautifully and I just love those shoes! Thanks for sharing at the linkup :).

    Sarah
    Trendy & Tidy

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thank you so much Sarah!

  6. Nataly Kimball
    May 2, 2017 / 8:54 am

    I love this dress and those shoes are some of my favorites! Great post girl!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thank you Nataly!

  7. Lauryn Lasko
    May 2, 2017 / 9:03 am

    LOVE that back zipper detail!

    xx,
    Lauryncakes

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thanks! I normally don’t like exposed zippers but it works with this dress.

  8. May 2, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I love all these tips though I don’t need them since I am all about florals, LOL. That dress is adorable!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Thank you! I know some people love them but I feel like it’s hard for me to find a print I like.

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thank you Elizabeth!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 10:00 am

      Thanks so much Laura!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks so much!

  9. May 2, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Very pretty ! I am all for those sandals and am now having second thoughts on why I did not buy a similar pair.

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      They have this style everywhere and you can get them pretty cheap.

  10. Anna English
    May 2, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    What a cute print! Love it paired with those heels.

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Thanks so much!

  11. May 2, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    I never would have known. You pull them off so well! Love those shoes too!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Thank you Laura!

  12. Dianne Childs
    May 2, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Those shoes are so cute! Love the way you’ve styled this dress, very cool 🙂

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Thank you so much Dianne!

  13. Ashley Hargrove
    May 2, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    I love everything about this look! I am definitely not a florals gal but wear subtle prints every once in a while. 🙂

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 7:21 pm

      Same! Thanks so much Ashley!

  14. May 2, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I agree with all of these tips. Floral is a universally loved pattern but it is not uncommon to find a lot of women who struggle to wear this pattern.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Agreed sometimes the floral pieces can be too girly for certain styles.

  15. May 2, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I love florals, but can totally see how theyre not for everyone! Great post!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Thank you Marta!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you Emily!

    • Alicia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 12:37 pm

      I hope it helps then! I’m sure you’ll look great in a floral print.

  16. mummabstylish
    May 3, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    I do love florals, and you look great in this dress and love your sandals, I bought similar recently, however not as high. Nice to link up with you. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

  17. Nicole Mölders
    May 6, 2017 / 2:59 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Gtreat sheath. The shoes are a perfect match

  18. Madeline Mihaly
    May 8, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    love your tips, and those shoes are perfect to pair with the dress! I actually tried the skirt version of that on at H&M, but didn’t love the fit. Wish I would’ve seen the dress!

    xo, Maddy
    http://cassidylou.com/

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