Blooming Marvellous!

Roll on Spring! Bring the outside inside and brighten your wardrobe (and your mood) with these lighthearted florals

Quintessential blossoms filled the S/S 09 catwalks. Luella is a major inspiration for this look – her Rebecca dress has been seen everywhere, on the likes of Kelly Osbourne and Kimberly Stewart, but at over £300, it’s not really an option for us students looking to cure our Hilary blues. Luckily the high street is packed with flowery numbers too…

This trend is about prettiness and femininity, but don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit – there’s not much to be said of head-to-toe florals. One statement blossoming piece of clothing is quite enough, but you can go down one of two routes – go hyper-fem, adding soft, floaty cardigans and long strings of pearls. Or, if girly dresses and blouses aren’t your cup of tea, toughen up the outfit with chunky boots and biker accessories – leather jackets and floral dresses are a surprisingly heavenly match.

And don’t think florals are just for daytime – this is a look that can take you from the Bod to the bar, with only a minor tweak to the outfit. Today’s florals are based on good old Liberty prints, and rumour has it that Kate Moss’ new Topshop collection is going to be based on such fabrics from the Liberty archives…

Don’t stop at the clothes – your accessories can be in bloom too. Cath Kidston’s wellies will be perfect for those Spring showers, and Accessorize is blossoming with flowered scarves to brighten up any outfit. Blooming underwear is hot too – I love the pretty sets in Oasis and New Look.

 

Credentials:

Stylist:  Nina Fitton

Models:  Bella Wade & Rosie Pope

Photographer:  Niina Tamura

Clothes: 

Bella:  Purple flowered dress – Motel @ asos.com, £34.50; Faux-leather jacket – Miss Selfridge, £45

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Rosie:  Frilled dress – Topshop, £45; Cardigan – New Look, £16; Purple heels – New Look, £25