Male Box: Floral Is The New Black!

The old saying may be that “April showers bring May flowers”, but this spring, floral is anything but old fashioned. A whole new generation of women is claiming floral as their own thanks to the innovative offerings of some of our favorite designers. The key to the “new” floral dress is asymmetry – in the print or in the silhouette. Symmetrical floral prints will have you looking like Laura Ingalls in search of your very own Little House on the Prairie. Stick with my suggestions and you’ll rock the flower power this season!

This season’s floral offerings incorporate black to give even the prettiest of flowers a bit of bad girl edge. Prabal Gurung engineered floral stripes into his black-and-yellow full skirted sleeveless v-neck day dress.  The proportions of the stripes and movement of the skirt make this the perfect option for any jeune fille – even if she is only jeune at heart!

If you loved the black-and-white trend for spring 2012 and bought your heart out, then why not add just one more dress to your wardrobe? Valentino RED offers a simple bateau neck sleeveless day dress that goes from black to white from neck to hem and features an asymmetrical floral print. Fans of classic silhouettes will love this dress as much as Audrey Hepburn loved her Givenchy.

Rocker chicks who think they can’t pull off floral are proven wrong this season by the newly revitalized Vionnet. This floral print tunic also features a white to black background, but the back is entirely black. The bateau neckline may scream classic, but the extra long long zipper pulls at the shoulders and hemline give it a dash of urban edge. Pair it with spiked Louboutins or your favorite pair of Frye engineer boots and rock out to floral!

Tired of trooping out your trusty LBD to cocktail parties all winter? Why not step out in a classic silhouette freshened up for spring with a bold splash of brightly colored flowers? Etro offers a slim sleeveless silhouette with a bateau neckline that even the most color-phobic LBD addict has to admit is stunning. If one dress proves that floral is the new black this spring, this is it!

If you’re not quite ready to cheat on your LBD, then liven it up this season with some of the freshest floral accessories. Trade in your POCs – that’s “pops of color” in fashionese – for actual poppies! Maybe it’s that I’m originally a Californian, but nothing says spring to me more than a field of poppies.  Just in time for spring, Yves St. Laurent offers poppy print stacked wooden wedges that are the perfect way to welcome warmer weather. Milly offers a poppy print tote bag that is just like having your very own poppy field wherever you go.

Bad girls who crush hearts under their heels may spit tacks at this season’s floral trend, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be in fashion. Jimmy Choo wraps wedge heel sandals in abstract flowers in the season’s must have orange and fuchsia color combination. What better way to mock the trend than to put it under your feet!

Love it or hate, floral is a staple of spring. Luckily for you, this spring features new ways to wear even this old standby. Keep it modern and you’ll look – and feel – as young as springtime and twice as fresh!

1. Prabal Gurung Floral Dress, $1850
2. RED Valentino Floral A-Line Dress, $795
3. Vionnet Floral Zipper Tunic Dress, $1260
4. Etro Silk Floral Dress, $1195
5. Yves Saint Laurent Floral Canvas Platform Wedge Pumps, $795
6. Milly Poppy Print Canvas Tote Bag, $295
7. Jimmy Choo Leather and Suede Floral Wedge Sandals, $795

–Joseph Ungoco

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