You don’t have to have a green thumb to take appreciate the power of the flower. Fresh-looking florals are the perfect antidote to the doldrums of spring’s seeming slow crawl to the real thing. Florals have been, and will always be a fashion staple throughout the spring and summer months and this season is no exception. The big difference (and when we say big, we mean it), is that that today’s floral prints appear to have been injected with steroids. This year, designers were inspired by the Impressionist school, not botany. The result is romantic brush-stroked works of art and amplified florals with a big, bold intensity that catch the eye with vibrant colors, oversized proportions and abstract designs. This trend adds a striking statement to all styles, and as gender dressing becomes more and more fluid, flowers are even lending a fresh take to two-piece suits for women. Regardless of whether it is short, midi, maxi-length or even a dressy, evening gown, few things beat the classic look of a summer dress with a fresh, floral pattern. Capri pants with big, beautiful flowers look full-on and fearless when you pair them with stilettos and a bustier in a matching print. To tame the same look down and soften things up a bit, a simple slip top can be tucked in blossom trousers. Finish the look by adding a beige leather handbag and matching high-heel sandals. We would suggest accessorizing with solids if you plan on going head-to-toe floral, but solids in vivid pops of color look fabulous paired with florals. If you prefer to limit your flower displays to your accessories themselves you’re in luck. Floral embellishments are adorning everything from bags, to knapsacks, to scarves, to shoes to jewelry. Finally, top your look off with a flowered hat or headband.

“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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