Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Spring Floral Trend, Smug Mummy Style

There are trends where you can mindlessly hop on the be-striped bandwagon, and then there are those where, unless worn with extreme caution, you risk looking like Grandma Myrtle's sofa. The florals trend, alas, can plant one (HA, see what I did there?!?) squarely in the latter category.

In our ongoing quest to be Prettier Than Everyone Else - I think we can agree not looking like a dated couch is included here - I bring you my take on this tricky trend. Would that I were as brave as the chic Miss PIPMegan in sporting the full-out festival of spring flowers . . . alas, I'm but a toddler mom trying to somehow look current while sprinting around the playground covered in Annie's bunny crackers (read: "hippie Goldfish alternative" for any non-parents reading). A sprinting sofa is best avoided.

Hence, if I were shopping now, I'd do as the occasionally sensible fashion mags advise and incorporate this trend via strategic accessories vs. a head-to-toe look. Happily, the prep-inclined among us have been working the florals for years; note that the current look is more of a watercolor-y, subdued take on it than the outsized, Lilly-ish florals to which we're accustomed, though some standby preppish retailers are getting in on the flower game as well:
Spring '12 Florals
(I wouldn't wear this all at once, obvs., but I'd spruce up my existing wardrobe with one or two of these beauties)
Spring '12 Florals by legallyblondemel featuring a bib necklace

(clockwise from left): floral cuff / blazer / ring / statement necklace (on sale!) / bracelet / clutch / scarf

Whaddaya think - is this a trend you'll wear, or is it best left to Aunt Mildred's lounge chair?

8 comments:

Mrs. Type A said...

I can't see myself wearing florals in many contexts, but I would go for a floral cardi if it was the right colors and pattern (i.e. flower size) for me.

how i met your father blog said...

totally a trend i will be wearing! love the florals, always.

if you have a minute, stop by and enter my new state charm necklace giveaway! http://howimetyourfatherblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-wish-they-all-could-be.html

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

Even though I think florals look better on my curtains than my bottom half, I just bought a floral dress--very navy/red flowers 1980s sofa look. I think my red sandals will totally transform it into edgy cool.

Jenn said...

Love the jewelry you picked!

PattyAnn said...

I couldn't pull off the floral, I don't think. I'd be afraid that I'd look like wall paper. Then I'd be a wall flower. Ha.

Elz said...

I was just thinking this to myself the other day after I bought a pair of colored jeans-I like them-double ack!! For me, colored denim is a yes. Florals, maybe a little touch on top but I refuse to wear any floral printed pants. Too much 1990s for me!

www.thewowie.com said...

Annie's... the hippie goldfish alternative. So funny and true. I really enjoy your writing!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

I'll have to be on the lookout for this...I do need a longer hippie-ish style top to pair with skinnies and boots. But it'll have to be one heck of a floral for me to abandon my Lilly!

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