STYLE GURU STYLE: Blooming in Black

It is commonly misconceived that florals strictly belong to spring. The more cautious individuals may stash their bouquet prints months before their expiration date. The more daring Fashionista however, knows this trend never wilts, and can be carried tastefully throughout the entire year. Amidst opaque tones in MaxMaras resort 2016 collection, we observe bold florals breaking up the somber monotony of an otherwise minimalistic collection. This blooming of black canvas florals is the perfect remedy for the gloomy winter months that are to come.

As I looked through the collection, I was struck by the repetitive use of monochromatic shades (sorry, Kanye!), which made the incorporation of the florals really stand out. I opted for a look which integrated this sweet print, while at the same time staying true to the nature of the line- uniformity. Although florals were priarily used by MaxMara in the form of trousers, I chose to wear mine on a long-sleeved tunic, which I paired with black ankle boots and ultra sheer tights.

I found that wearing tights instead of solid trousers gave the overall ensemble more depth and texture. Initially, I was hesitant to wear head to toe black as I recalled a Vogue interview with Anna Wintour in which she shared this to be her top fashion faux pas. So in order to add some extra color to my outfit I added an azure blue Prada cross-body purse. When in doubt, toss in a bold piece!

There is a lot of room to play with when you’re considering monochrome and florals. Although I chose a tunic as a flirty alternative, you can also incorporate florals with a wide legged trouser or a form fitted blazer. The way you style the rest is entirely up to you, as long as you remember that uniformity is key with the look! I’m so excited to see this trend pick up this season, and look forward to seeing the many different ways dark florals can be worn.

Get My Look: 1. Floral tunic. 2. Black ankle boots. 3. Bold cross-body purse. 4. Wrap watch. 5. Black sheer tights.