Petal Poppers: The Flowering of Fashion

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Think warmer weather and fashion items that blossom with flower power. Not since the ’60s and ’70s have we seen such a stunning bouquet of floral prints popping up in fashion collections everywhere. From painterly watercolors to dainty “Liberty of London” prints, the flora is in full bloom this season.

Flower power is budding in many designer lines this spring. At H&M, the “garden collection” is the highlight of the store’s innovative styles using organic cotton. “The mix of floral prints and khaki classics work beautifully for daytime and evening wear,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M.

Her favorite pieces include a sheer, floral ruffle dress, the drawstring khaki jacket and the red-rose bustier dress. This garden collection also features an organic cotton slim-fit suit worn over a crisp gingham shirt.

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H&M debuts its garden collection this spring with bold, colorful pieces like this mini-dress — perfect for adding plenty of flower power to brighten up your wardrobe. Photo courtesy of H&M.

Here are some more ways to blossom with the power of flowers this spring:

— Wear one bold pattern with neutral pieces. Johansson likes to team up her powerful flowers with khaki shorts and tops, but you can just as easily add a pair of white jeans to that colorful floral tunic top to make it pop. The newest florals are not quite as “sweet” as their pastel predecessors … choose deep, saturated colors this time around.

— If you love the oversized floral patterns, stick to one pattern at a time. Don’t be tempted to mix too many colors or too many different prints in the same outfit. Avoid wearing a loud shirt with a loud skirt. Keep it subtle and simple. You’ll achieve a much more sophisticated look.

— If you’re wearing a form-fitting dress or top in a floral print, remember to keep the size of the print on the small side. And always wear a fitted top if you’re wearing a full skirt in a floral print. A reminder: Don’t wear prints that emphasize your figure flaws — choose ones that are flattering. Empire waists are usually a good bet for most of us.

— A great way to boost buy doxycycline hyclate 100mg your flower power at work is to wear a floral print shift in soft watercolor hues. Top it off with a cardigan sweater or cropped tweed jacket for a more professional look. Then in the evening, take the jacket off and add more baubles and beads or a pair of higher heels.

— The floral prints are also great ways to add flair to a casual wardrobe. I don’t particularly like floral pants; I would rather keep the power at the top — a blousey tunic top can be tamed with a belt and worn with jeans or leggings, and later even worn as a swimsuit cover-up.

— Do play around when picking out your flowers. There are lots of ways to add some flora and fauna to your wardrobe. A floral-patterned spring coat is a breath of fresh air to a winter-weary closet — the perfect way to liven up those neutral basics we all get tired of wearing week after week. Vera Wang’s puckered floral dress with matching coat is a stunner if you want to add one new statement piece to your wardrobe for evening.

— Think of creative ways to wear flowers this season. A floral blouse looks great and works like a jacket when paired with a tank and belted over pants or skirts. A gorgeous floral dress looks cool and casual when teamed with flip-flops. Or wear a flirty, printed skirt with a denim top and cowboy boots.

— When wearing bold patterns, steer clear of piling on extra accessories. The expressive print is your main accessory and will be the focus of your entire head-to-toe look. Don’t overdo a good thing.

— Accessories, however, always provide the opportunity to add “just a touch” of the latest trends in flower power: H&M does cotton floral flats, find Liberty of London canvas totes at Target, A.P.C. has cotton, floral bucket hats and floral embellished sandals are sold at Nine West. And the ultimate in flower power? A leather, flower handbag from Valentino.

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