Style Advice of the Week

“Florals…for spring…groundbreaking.”

Hopefully you’re familiar with Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, the cynical and ruthless magazine editor who is considered to give the final word on fashion. In one scene she is shooting down the ideas of staff members for a new issue, instantly dismissing the suggestion of featuring florals for spring. As vicious as she can be, I have to admit that she has a valid point here. While florals for spring are classic and pretty, they’re not exactly innovative. If you can’t part with the girly pattern, it may be interesting to try it in a different season.

This Fashionista had fall in mind when she picked out this cheerful floral dress. Personally, I think the palette is perfect. Rich oranges and reds play with sage green atop a black base. The print may be warm but so is this chilly weather outfit. She told me that her dress had been a summer purchase but she felt the colors and style transitioned nicely into the school year. I love the gray tights and black cardigan that keep her cozy. A brown shoulder bag pairs nicely with this look, making for a great weekend ensemble.

I love that this Fashionista dares to look alive and vibrant in the season of change and vanishing green. It is easy to slip into head-to-toe black or brown as the colorful scenery takes center stage. But we can become different too. We can be groundbreaking.

Try this look for yourself by finding a short (or long, why not?!) dress with florals in a darker palette. You’ll be appropriate for the season while maintaining the spirit of warm days. And let the dress do its work. This Fashionista keeps it simple in terms of accessories. She wears delicate layered bracelets, one of which proudly proclaims, “Because I am a Girl.” She explains that it is in support of a movement that aims to lift women out of poverty and fight gender inequality. It couldn’t be a more perfect addition. Props to this lovely lady for celebrating women and femininity both with her support and her flowery look!

Hope to see you all in bloom soon!


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