Hardline Florals Part 2

Following on from my previous post about florals, here is the continuation about those pretty things. As I mentioned last week, if, season in, season out, you are one foot in and one foot out on the floral trend (like I often am) I hope the following tips prove useful to you.

WEAR THE LOOK: Top – Donna Karan New York / Alternative – James Perse | Black Top / Alternative – BCBG | Skirt – Quiz | Shoes – Opificio V

Hardline Florals, or Anti-Fem Florals as I also call them, are all I wear when it comes to anything botanical; the bottom line is I always prefer petals with a toughened edge (styled in or inherent in the design itself). This mesh skirt by Quiz is a beautiful statement piece, both breathable and comfortable, and even though the print is dainty – as is the case here – you can always edge it out with a blunt white or uncompromising black, either of which do an exceptional job of contrasting the detail of any floral print from a pretty peonie details to cascading rose petals.

Colourways aside tailored pieces also bring that much needed hard-bite, adding a stronger silhouette and I have a few options to recommend that work well to create this; for example, I love the way that this Donna Karan New York white cotton poplin and stretch jersey turtleneck bodysuit implies a hard shoulder (currently on sale at £297.50 for 60% off through Outnet). I picked up my Rosie Assoulin cotton-poplin top in a trunkshow but this one from Matches is similar.

A more understated alternative is this James Perse cotton-jersey turtleneck top,  a versatile wardrobe staple crafted from incredibly soft and lightweight cotton-jersey suitable layered up or down for all seasons. Whilst my black Helmut Lang piece has sold out it was very similar to this simple black BCBG one, which comes in around £65.  These vegan shows by Opificio V Milan are sturdy and reliable option, an investment at over £100, awesomely, these are also a vegan shoe brand.

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