Fashion: How to wear florals in winter
We all know florals are the perfect choice for spring, but I'd prefer we break them out a little earlier. We've still got a few months left of the cold weather, so your wardrobe may be the only place to see a few beautiful blooms, and a sweet, pretty bouquet is just the right look for gloomy, winter weather.
Lead by fashion designers like Preen, Erdem, and Dolce & Gabbana on the winter runways, the florals of the moment are set on a dark canvas rather than white or soft pastel - and during these dark winter days, I'm all about the moodier palette.
But there's a right way and a wrong way to introduce flora and fauna into your wardrobe and I've got the inside scoop on just how to do it…
Do choose your fabric wisely. Cotton and chiffon are fine for hot weather but just aren't going to see you through the colder days.
Look for florals in slightly heavier fabrics like brocade, rich satin or plush cashmere. Longer sleeves and longer hemlines will also help balance the effect of breezy florals and remind people what season we're in.
When it comes to picking a colour scheme, it may sound obvious, but opt for dark, deeper tones like black or burgundy to keep them looking appropriate for the colder months.
When you play pretty pink or blue patterns against a dark background, garden style takes on a new edge. Embracing the feminine nature of florals, I went for a ladylike blouse and pencil skirt combo.
Separates are a great investment and will give me more mileage out of the winter floral trend. By picking up a top and skirt stamped in a similar print, I can wear them as a set, like in the picture, or spilt them up to create new looks to get more out of the moody buds and take them in to spring.