Blooming Season (I)

Hello, my dear friends! What is your favorite thing about spring and summer? Mine is flowers, so many of them, all season long. It is never a cliché, to have lots of floral prints for spring/summer designs, naturally. The only thing change from collection to collection is the type of floral print that is in fashion and the cuts. For 2017, vintage floral, like the kind you see on granny’s old sofa and curtains, is the star. While the prints go retro, the cut moved forward to deconstructed, meaning a slash here and there, open back, half a sleeve or misplaced parts of a regular garment.

After a little research and shopping around, I found a few floral print dresses / top that are not only have fun design elements but also super affordable, so even they are out of fashion in next few years, you won’t feel bad about donating them or edit them out of your regular rotation.

Today’s post is the first of a mini series, Blooming Season, through which I will show you the outfits I styled with the pieces I mentioned, along with my style thought of how they come together. First one, maxi tea dress over flared pants.

At first, I was looking for a small scale, dark floral print shirtdress. The bright yellow and large floral print of this one grabbed my attention. It is cheerful and the print is exactly the vintage upholstery kind I am after. The cutout back, short sleeve, and button down style, make it the perfect piece for layering.

Contrast, sometimes, conflict, makes an outfit interesting. There are two types of conflicts in today’s outfit: girly vs boyish, and old fashion vs cutting edge. The flowy dress is obviously the girly part, counter act is the denim and sneaker, however, they are unmistakably feminine as well. While the roses are pretty and sweet, I braided my hair and wear a single statement earring aiming for that street fashion coolness.

What if I don’t like flatform shoes? They might be too hard to walk in? I’d replace them with other kind of sneakers or chunky-heel sandals or boots without embellishments. The key is keep them gender-neutral. Same thing with the bag, the one I used happened to be my currently favorite everyday bag but a streamlined corssbody or top handle bag would do, as long as it is not competing with the dress.

Thank you so much for reading! See you in my next post!

Outfit Details:

ASOS floral maxi dress <under $100>;
Reformation corpped knit top;
Ellery flare denim <limited sizes here, similar under $100>;
Gucci sneakers <similar under $150>;
Chanel bag;
Louis Vuitton earring;
Loewe sunglasses;

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