Runway to Real Way: Stop and Smell the Flowers: Keeping Your Florals for Fall

September 6, 2011 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

Fall is officially upon us. But before you pack away the blossoms of your spring and summer wardrobe, think first of all the ways you could wear them as the leaves begin to turn. Florals can transcend the warm weather seasons if they’re used in fall-appropriate ways, namely a darker palette, heavier fabrics and as a layering piece. Here are a few examples of how to make a blooming bouquet go from seasonal to annual.

Oscar de la Renta served up an autumnal cornucopia of florals on his Fall 2011 runway, sending down head-to-toe blossoms in burnt orange, brown and pink and trimmed in fur, a textbook example of hot florals should be done for fall. Turn this gorgeous sunset-colored look into an everyday staple by starting with a base piece like this romper from Theory. Wear it now for those lingering warm days, then layer it up later with knit tights, a fur vest and a long scarf for chillier nights on the town.

The combo of purple and white is an interesting palette that can easily transcend the seasons, especially in an artful floral print. Big, pop-art roses literally dripped off tailored white sheaths at Bensoni, creating a very modern take on the classic little floral dress. For a more everyday take, Robert Rodriguez offers up a more abstract version on the artful print, an almost Dali-esque swirl of blossoms tucked into a wrap dress that looks a lot more expensive than it is.

Florals against a black background is a classic cold weather take. Fall and winter welcome more formal attire all around and nothing is more subtly formal than black. A stark background punctuated with brightly colored blossoms can be the ultimate statement –making piece in outerwear, or even as a cozy cardigan. Jil Sander sent gorgeous glossy black coats down her Fall 2011 runway, channeling an almost modern geisha vibe. A more work-friendly version can be found in this classic Ralph Lauren cardigan that has the same sense of subtle and refined chic.

If you prefer to keep your autumnal blossoms at the tips of your toes, you can always funk up the fall with a set up chunky, floral boots. Mary Kantrantzou topped off her head to heel floral ensemble with some toe-tapping boots, covered in a trickling print of perky little buds. Bring the look to the street and pay homage to an old classic staple with a fresh and floral pair of Dr. Martens (you know you’ve missed them since middle school). Pair them with a peasant skirt or a set of skinny jeans and you’ll be the envy of any fall festival or farmer’s market.

Perk up your fall (and winter!) wardrobe with a few of these cold weather blossoms and it will help you remember spring and summer are never too far away.

1. Orange and Brown Floral Bottoms
Runway: Oscar de la Renta RTW Fall 2011
Real Way: Theory Larianna Floral Silk Jumpsuit, now $109.99

2. Purple and White Floral Dress
Runway: Bensoni RTW Fall 2011
Real Way: Robert Rodriguez Clematis Print Silk Dress, $385

3. Black Floral Jacket/Sweater
Runway: Jil Sander RTW Fall 2011
Real Way: Lauren by Ralph Lauren Floral Print Cardigan (Petite), $150

4. Floral Boots
Runway: Mary Kantrantzou
Real Way: Dr. Martens ‘Pascal’ Boot, $129.95

–Alia Rajput

Photo Source: NY Mag

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One Response to Runway to Real Way: Stop and Smell the Flowers: Keeping Your Florals for Fall

  1. Leslie says:

    I’m not crazy about the purple and white combo. I do, however, love all of the pieces. I like the retro look that many of them display!

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