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Sometimes I see people wearing them and think they look great. but when I look at them on the hanger I think of the WI and run away. I got as far as trying a couple on yesterday. They were ok but the print was too big (am very wary of big flowers, can be v. unflattering)
I'd really like a dress that I can wear for work - something that falls short of being a suit, but still looks smart, and that I could wear outside work too. I've looked at boden and nothing leaps out at me.
so opinions on the principle? any specific ideas (or alternatives)?
also what footwear do you wear with them in summer? boots in winter I can do, but shoes make me fear the WI look...
My sil wears these all the time and they look fab on her, but I think its because she has the right look going on all over - she loves the 1950's so always has the right type of glasses, scarves, shoes, bags etc. She's a glamourous redhead and even drives a vintage car. I often try a flowery dress on and think "nope, don't look like sil, look like my gran". Think I'm trying to say that they can look good if worn in the right context. Saw some nice ones recently in a catalogue, might have been Joules.
I wear them a lot. Either a 50's style, or funky Top Shop "tea dress" style with leggings/opaques or over jeans.
It all depends how you style them/accessorise them and also definitely the length. I have tried floral dresses from Boden and they are totally frumpy because they finish mid-calf. Have always sent them back.
Graphic or bold prints can look less mumsy than "spriggy" prints.
My best stores for floral dresses are H&M, Top Shop and vintage stores around Portabello/Notting Hill.
does layering help? ie long-sleeved top underneath flowery dress.
and no-one's answered my footwear question.
I think someone mentioned skirt length - I think calf length can work - but only with boots - if the dress is black/has a black background, black boots gives a long line. but anything summery, stopping at the calf, with shoes, that's real WI stuff no?
Layering can certainly make it less mumsy - a long-sleeved t-shirt beneath as you suggest.
Footwear: I wear flats (including converse if wearing over jeans) and heels. Mary-janes can look very cool as do round-toed patent shoes. But I also wear ballet flats, flip flops and sandals with mine in the summer.
Be wary of anything too matchy-matchy with regard to accessories when you are wearing florals.
hat - take a look at monsoon, they seem to 'know' how to do florals IMHO anyway. And if you want funky, do river island, warehouse and top shop, they have plenty for wearing with skinny jeans or leggings.