After harping on about florals in my last post I thought I'd share one of my favourite head to toe floral outfits. Wearing head to toe print is one of this season's more challenging and outre trends. To tempt us out of our comfort zone and dare us all to live our lives a little louder, designers have been bombarding our retinas with an onslaught of maxi-dresses and co-ordinating outfits in a variety of the brightest, boldest, most beautiful prints their imaginations could concoct - florals, animal, paisley, retro graphic and scarf prints. If that wasn't enough, they've been urging us to try mismatching them as well.
A quick internet search on the topic of this trend will show you that opinion is pretty divided over whether this is something that should be tried at home. To use a now well worn flowery cliché, it sure ain't for wallflowers, or shrinking violets even. I for one absolutely love it! There is something quite liberating about going matchy-matchy from head to toe in a beautiful print. There isn't any of that troublesome agonising about whether your top and trousers go well together in your outfit - they just do!
However, you might just find yourself blending in with any kitsch wallpaper or tiles that may be in your vicinity, as I am attempting here. This is a corner of the stairway in the casa de vecinos where we stayed in Andalusia, a house which was decked out top to bottom in fabulously kitsch decor - get a load of these gilt furnishings and ornaments, the candelabra, the marble surfaces, the creepy doll, the gaudy plastic flowers, you might even be able to make out the mounted antlers hanging on the wall and reflected in the mirror behind me. The place was unashamedly OTT. You've got to hand it to the Andalusians maximalist approach to decor - adorn with enthusiasm and without shame! So why not take a page out of their book - as in decor, so too in dress!
The great thing about these printed co-ordinates is that they are fantastic as separates in their own right. I've already posted about this tee shirt by Hermione de Paula as a holiday staple, but I have been getting a lot of wear out of her wonderfully surreal trousers too. It's like someone has turned my legs into works of art. These have been my favourite trousers for Spring. The black backs on the trouser legs create an optical illusion that is both leg lengthening and slimming and when worn with the tee shirt the whole outfit made me feel very elegant and glamorous for a evening out. I've also been dressing the trousers down with a plain white tee or black top for the pub.
When I'm not standing in front of the wallpaper, you certainly can't miss me in this so it's an apt outfit for Visible Monday. Head over to Not Yet Dead Style if you would like to participate.
Floral trouser suit: Hermione de Paula; Espardrilles: Zara; Belt: borrowed from another dress; Earrings: Mango