April showers may bring May flowers to our city parks, but nothing sets off spring floral prints on our streets like the annual Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby. As we head toward the home stretch of the third leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont Park, floral prints are suddenly everywhere.Think you can’t work floral into your personal style? Think again! This season in particular, designers are putting this most feminine touch on a surprisingly full array of silhouettes and styles.
Rebecca Taylor is well known for her easy feminine designs. If your personal style is more boho than chic urban sophisticate, Taylor’s floral print tunics and peasant blouses are the perfect choice for you. The flowy chiffons are the perfect complement to your new boyfriend jeans and strappy sandals. Let your inner flower child loose.
Are you a little bit rock-n-roll? Matthew Williamson’s designs for Spring 2009 are your â€œmust-havesâ€ this season. From his acid neon oversize graphic floral print to his delicately embroidered Chinese flowers, he really nailed a totally modern and current take on the 80s-inspired looks you’re undoubtedly sporting already. Whether you choose a sassy short skirt or a sleek asymmetrical zip knit dress, you’ll be giving flower power with an edge wherever you go. Perhaps you’re a little bit more street savvy with your personal style? Tuleh’s bright floral print tunics get a tougher street edge with the help of camouflage Capri pants.
Are you more Charlotte than Carrie? No worries! There’s no shortage of brightly colored floral print sleeveless sheath dresses this season, but Tuleh’s sequined tulle over satin version is the winner by five lengths. The gray-and-white sequins and embroidery will blow away the competition with its chic simplicity and sophistication. Any â€œlook at meâ€ girl in a colored or oversized floral print will be left in the â€œtrying too hardâ€ dust when you enter the room. Trust me – heads will turn!
Need a showstopper to wear to a little cocktail party? Carolina Herrera has several great options this season. Her gold-on-black silk satin strapless dress with the chiffon flower hem will have all the men in the room dropping their drinks – and their dates – to talk to you. Herrera’s gold-and-silver embroidered black cocktail dress in chiffon with a Swiss dot tulle overlay will blow your LBD-wearing competition away. Nothing is sexier to men than a tight black over-the-knee skirt and the ultra-feminine knee-length overskirt will tell all the women in the room what you’re too much of a lady to actually say: You Win!
The Ladies Who Lunch flock to Oscar de la Renta for their social wardrobes and his spring 2009 collection puts why right in your face. His super-feminine silhouettes appear this season with a variety of floral options. His tangerine, pink and taupe sleeveless day dress with full skirt is perfect for any charity luncheon or garden party. The color palette perfectly enhances any skin tone. If you like your dresses simple or you don’t like to bare your shoulders, but you still want to sport floral for spring, opt for his cap sleeved coat with oversize floral print on carnation pink silk satin. It’s the perfect daytime pop to a monochrome sheath dress.
Need to stop them dead in their tracks at a black tie event with something floral, but don’t want to go all out colorwise? De la Renta’s platinum hued floral jacquard strapless ball gown will have them gasping for air. The metallic tones accented by mauve highlights will be an oh-so-subtle reminder that we’re at the height of the lilac season.
Whatever you’re personal style is normally, this season offers some fantastic ways to put spring flowers into your wardrobe. Long after the first tulips of the season have faded away, you can help brighten your city’s streets by boldly sporting floral prints and motifs. If you’re feeling a little timid about it, just remember the cheeky mantra I repeat to myself when wearing something a little risky: â€œI’m as young as springtime – and twice as fresh!â€
1. Kentucky Derby Floral Hat
2. Rebecca Taylor Spring 09 RTW
3. Rebecca Taylor Spring 09 RTW
4. Tuleh Spring 09 RTW
5. Carolina Herrera Spring 09 RTW
6. Carolina Herrera Spring 09 RTW
7. Oscar de la Renta Spring 09 RTW
8. Oscar de la Renta Spring 09 RTW
9. Oscar de la Renta Spring 09 RTW
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