TREND: Flower Power

Although it can be hard to tell sometimes, it actually is summer here in Seattle. And on those rare days when the sun peeks out, you can find evidence of this in our city’s most fashionable wardrobes. Take this Fashionista, for example, her floral dress demurely reflects summer’s brightness and bounty.

Floral is as popular as ever this season. From Alberta Ferretti and Oscar de la Renta, to the numerous rooms devoted to it in stores like Forever 21, floral is sitting securely in its reigning throne. Flowers evoke a romantic and feminine feeling, which make it entirely appropriate for the (sometimes) warmth of the season. This summer, the pattern is being seen increasingly on rompers, maxi dresses, accessories and, as this Fashionista demonstrates, cute little sundresses.

Hint: If the weather is cooperating, pair a floral dress like this with some chunky heels and some girly, vintage-inspired sunglasses, which is a look this Fashionista perfects. Or, opt for a more edgy look with motoboots and a cropped leather jacket (like this magical, creamy one). Keep the look season-friendly by wearing it in either bold and bright colors or dreamy, whimsical shades. If you're feeling bold, pair your floral with another subtler pattern, like small stripes or dots. Otherwise, pair it with neutral colors, as this Fashionista did with her white cardigan. Remember, floral is an incredibly flexible pattern and can be worn in various shapes and sizes, as long as you don’t pile it on head to toe, you really can’t go wrong with this summer staple!

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TREND: Flower Power

Decked out in flowers from head almost all the way down to her toes, this Fashionista caught my eye. The flower in her hair echoes the flower pattern in her dress. She adds edge to her outfit with her combat boots. Her funky glasses and denim vest are the right accessories to top off her unique outfit. She clearly knows how to make her outfit work in any weather, as she chose to layer her halter dress with a white tee. Her boots also helped make her outfit weather-appropriate. Not only should this Fashionista get props for making her outfit work, but she should also get them for going against the grain. I’ve seen a lot of people wear low combat boots, and it’s nice to see that this Fashionista embraced the combat trend while doing something different.

To all Fashionistas out there –  don’t be afraid to mix different styles together. This Fashionista's combined a gurly look with an edgy one. Other people might have worn a flower pattern dress with cutesy flats, but she wore calf-high combat boots. She also stepped out of the box by choosing to make her outfit pop with a hair accessory. When people think about accessories they usually think about jewelry, but there are other ways to accessorize.

Hint: If you want to add a touch of pizzazz to your outfit, wear an eye-catching hair accessory. Try these sequin bow clips or this headband with a flower. Remember – even if you love following trends think about finishing off your outfit with an item that no one else might wear. There’s nothing like preserving your individuality.

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TREND: Flower Power

The leaves may be changing, but the flowers are in full bloom at New York Fashion Week. I’m not one bit surprised that florals will continue to be a trend into next spring. Who can resist a fun, brightly colored floral dress to put you in a good mood? Marc Jacobs can’t. He showed his seventies inspired collection featuring luxurious colored dresses with longer hemlines and floral accents that make me jealous of my mother who experienced such a fashionable decade. Chris Benz also channeled the seventies with full skirts and vibrant floral prints. While Tracy Reese added retro shades to some of her flower printed outfits.

Some designers chose to put a different spin on their flowery designs. There were two that stood out to me the most: Charlotte Ronson’s grunge inspired collection that featured floral pieces with chunky socks and boots and Carolina Herrera’s Korean inspired collection that turned her ladylike pieces into beautiful botanical works of art. One more thing to keep in mind for both fall and spring: longer hemlines. If Mad Men hasn’t inspired you yet, next spring’s trends will. Designers are ready for more sophistication and less skin in the new decade.

This Fashionista’s outfit caught my eye immediately as I walked into T’licious on Main St. The bold and bright print with a full skirt and girly ruffle on top couldn’t be a more perfect example of the seventies inspired collections. Not to mention her floral sandals instantly reminded me of Marc Jacobs’ floral touches in his collection. So, don’t throw out your floral skirts and dresses for good. They’ll be back next season and more stylish than ever!

Hint: Can't wait until next spring to sport your floral digs? Try on some fall colored florals for size in the form of denim, tights, or a cool scarf!

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TREND: Flower Power

Whether you’re seeing Taylor Swift or John Mayer in concert this summer, a true Fashionista will be rocking out in style. Choose one great accessory, whether it be a flowered belt or a flowered tote bag, like the second Fashionista photographed, and style your outfit around that piece. A large, standout purse is an important accessory for summer fun—without one, how could you carry your sunscreen, sweater, blanket and other festival necessities? This flowered tote is perfect fashion statement for a summer gathering.  Check out this replica Valentino Fango Petale handbag that you won’t have to take out a loan for.

This first Fashionista takes a bohemian-type summer dress with a floral print, styles it up with a flowered belt and pairs it with casual, but cute, tan sandals. The dress accentuates her petite body and her wavy hairstyle, and combined with its floral print and a fabulous belt, add to the outfit by showing off her feminine style. This Fashionista would look great in the audience of Michael Bublé or while drinking a beer at Lollapalooza. Whatever concert or festival you choose to attend this summer, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t show off your fabulous summer wardrobe. Remember to look for comfortable outfits that show off your unique sense of style, but don’t overdress. Floral dresses are versatile outfits for summer events, but it’s important to think about the atmosphere and area you’ll be in. For example, if you're attending any outdoor concerts on the lawn, a white dress or white shorts may not be the best choice.

Both these Fashionistas are prepared to make their mark on any event they attend this summer. Stores like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie have the perfect floral dresses and accessories for any type of festivity.
 

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