I am not a fan of girlie fashions like florals. That does not mean I never like them or recommend them. It means I rarely, rarely wear them or recommend them. Too often florals goes so wrong, particularly during spring. You must choose this girlie girl pattern judiciously. You really need a sharp eye to get the right kind of floral. Here are a couple things to keep in mind when choosing florals.
Think artistic flowers versus realistic ones. Bright florals are usually a bad thing, darker or richer tones are better. Keep the idea of balance in mind - florals are far more interesting on a structured dress than a floofy dress. The contradiction of a structured dress and romantic florals will create a chic look whereas a flowy floral dress just looks likes a nine-year old tea party attendee. Which can be fun, but not fashionable. Here are some good and bad examples of florals:
Bad Floral - unless you put a black blazer over it.
Good Floral - Forever 21
Bad Floral - the shape of the blouse and the added bow are so dated. This would have been a great foral pattern if it was placed on a more timeless garment.
Good Floral - Lafayette
Bad Floral - Too sweet. This belongs on a young girl. Not a stylish woman.
Good Floral - Banana Republic
Bad floral - Too retro.
Good Floral - Helene Berman
Bad Floral - I wore this when I was nine, too girly!
Good Floral - Halogen Cardigan