I was asked by a friend how I would do colour blocking and florals together. Said friend is a minimalist who is more of a colour blocking gal at heart, loves the concept of florals, but is slightly allergic in a fashion hay feverish kind of way to the fussiness of floral prints. So how do you work a floral in a not so OTT way? Well here is an outfit I wore to work that might do the trick for the floral shy, who would like to dip a toe into the floral trend without looking like a summer in Kew Gardens on acid (see my last post for an example of the latter!).
I think a floral print can be used with block colour to great effect. Firstly, choose a floral print that has flowers that you love. My personal opinion is that it's no use trying to wear crystanthemums in a print if the actual flower doesn't do anything for you! Secondly, try a print that has more solid colour between the floral motifs. This one from Zara has a good amount of a strong blue in between the flowers. This is a great jacket, and beloved of other bloggers I follow - Deja Pseu, and Madison to name but two!
This jacket's print is a good middle ground to slot into a colour blocking look. For the more minimalist minded, the larger the colour to motif ratio on the print, the closer to your colour blocking comfort zone you are. If you are this way inclined you could also try an oversize floral print as there will be more concentrated patches of colour than in a busy ditsy print. Move in the other direction on the floral scale towards the full on busy and ditsy prints if you want more of a contrast against a block colour.
Secondly choose the base colour for your colour blocking. These could be pastels or brights. Here I have done my colour blocking in the form of a basic sleeveless shift dress in a pale soft pink. As there is pink in the jacket's floral print there is a linking colour to my dress that ties the two together. I've accessorised with pink ballet flats and a green belt in the same tone as the green in the print to further pull the colour scheme together. On other times I have worn this outfit I have also worn a tan brown leather belt and tan brown croc print courts for a more neutral rather than pastels look.
Here's another tip to get some fashion mileage out of your floral print with your block colours - choose a print with a selection of colours you could wear with the colour blocking pieces you already have in your wardrobe. As there is green, blue, pink, white and even red in this print, I could swap any of these as my contrasting block colour under this jacket and make the colour in the print pop.
And for those still nervous of florals, you can rest assured that by pairing with a plain block colour, the floral print is already being toned down several notches as the eye of the observer will probably be drawn to the block of colour first before the print.
Linking up this week to Visible Monday over at Not Yet Dead Style and DCinStyle's Monday Bloom.
Dress: Zara; Jacket: Zara; Ballet flats: Zara; Belt: taken from another dress, Bag: Michael by Michael Kors