How to style a floral dress

With the festive season over and a new year beginning, our thoughts quickly turn to warmer weather and spring fashion. A timeless favourite that never really goes out of fashion is the floral print, but how do you style up what you’ve already got or your latest purchase to give it a modern and individual twist?

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Choosing a print that flatters you

When choosing a print to flatter your shape, size and style, there are a number of things to consider. Generally, it’s a good idea to look to the background colour of the print to give you a sense of what sort of colour palette you want to go for.

The question of print size and density can have a massive impact on whether it slims you or visually adds a few extra pounds. Generally, big, bold prints are mostly best avoided if you are on the curvier side. Those with a slim or athletic build can carry the bigger, bolder prints off, like Taylor Swift did at the Golden Globes.

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Curvier women can still comfortably choose from a whole range of prints. Looking for something with either a smaller print or a mix of small and large flowers will help balance out the body. Choosing a darker background will no doubt be more slimming, while strategically placed summer blooms will help conceal unwanted lumps and bumps. Add a belt, scarf or cardigan to instantly break up the pattern.

Florals for a special occasion

Women are always on the lookout for wedding guest dresses and florals make the perfect choice to make you stand out in all the right ways. They can be formal and sophisticated with floral lace or cut outs, or they can be a bold or simple print on a beautiful fabric.

Team a colour blocked top with a floral skirt and you’ve got a modern twist on classic wedding guest dresses that will never look out of place when you look back over the photos in years to come. Some great examples of different floral styles can be found at

Whatever your style, shape, age or budget, florals will always lift your spirits and add a stunning twist to your wardrobe. Remember, you can always style them with block colours to refresh your look and wear that favourite dress for another occasion.