DON’T: Get Locked In
“Think about florals in unexpected colors. If you want to do something graphic, it can be in bold, bright shades.”—Tammy Kirks, Harem & Co.
DO: Try it Out
“Sometimes big patterns can seem overwhelming. You can bring it down a notch by wearing it [on] an accessory, like a scarf or shoe.”—Dena Dill, Town & County
DO: Mix it Up
“Mixing patterns can help you stand out. If you’re wearing floral outerwear, pair it with a striped top to mix it up.”—Dalton Cohen, Texas Soul Boutique
DO: Add Some Edge
“Contrast florals with edgy pieces. I love pairing florals with [apparel] that’s distressed or pairing a floral shirt with a leather jacket. This gives it grown-up appeal.”—Kalie Berry, MODERN Society
DON’T: Shy Away from a Statement
“Look for something bold and more geometric. Think of an art print, something very abstract, instead of doing something very precious.”—T.K.
DO: Start Simple
“If you’re doing a floral top, wear it with a plain colored skirt to bring out the pop of color in the pattern.”—D.C.
DO: Take a Cue from Fifth Avenue
“If you want to do something feminine like a silk, floral blouse, pair it with a torn jean and a stiletto heel. That’s very New York uptown cool.”—T.K.
DON’T: Be Afraid to Punch it Up a Bit
“If the colors in the floral are more subdued, add a pop of color with an accessory, such as a handbag or even your lipstick.”— D.C.
DO: Balance the Yin with Some Yang
“Mix it with something that reads a little masculine or tailored, like a pinstripe suit. That’s a good way to make it modern.”— T.K.
DO: Set Yourself Up for Success
“Choose patterns in colors you love. If the color looks good on you, the pattern will, too.”—D.D.
DON’T: Get Overwhelmed
“If you’re wearing a tunic that has a floral pattern, tone it down with a legging or neutral-colored pants.”—D.D.
DO: Consider the Placement
“With smaller prints, I prefer them on pants and skirts. If you like a bolder print, wearing it on top makes it the focal point of your outfit.”—K.B.
DO: Embrace Your Inner Artist
“We’re seeing watercolor florals. They look like they’ve been painted, and aren’t as precise.”—T.K.
DON’T: Overthink it
“As long as you choose something classic like a graphic or watercolor print, it will have staying power in your closet.”—T.K.