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Pick of the week: Floral Dresses

Flower power is back for spring. At Prada, simple black and white outfits were adorned with splotchy red and white flowers. Singaporean designer Ashley Isham’s models breezed down the catwalk in delicate floral maxi dresses. At Erdem we gorged on a feast of floral print organza day dresses with below-the-knee hems, whilst at Holly Fulton’s surreal and youthful English-garden-themed show, oversized rose prints were stuck onto skirts and tees. Here’s a selection of the best floral dresses to invest in this summer:

 

BARGAIN BUY: Alice Floral Lace Yoke Pearl Trim Dress
£22, boohoo.com

 

This girly dress is a feminine, flattering fit and it’s perfect for a sunny day. I like the attention to detail, such as the lace neckline and faux pearl trim. Wear it with sandals and a cardigan. For a more sophisticated look, with a pair of heels and simple jewellery.

 

 

Sweetheart Dress by Wal G
£30, topshop.com

 

You can’t go wrong with a black lace dress. This one has a delicate floral sweetheart neckline and a decorative belt. Great for club nights, crewdates and formal hall. 

 

 

Smoky Floral Printed Dress
£30.40 reduced from £38, dorothyperkins.com

 

This sleeveless dress is short and fitted, making it perfect for a night out. The simple lace panels contrast beautifully with the pleated skirt, printed all over with pinky-red, white and teal flowers.

 

 

Floral Print Dippy Hem Dress
£32, next.co.uk 

 

Those days that feature unexpected gusts of wind blowing your hem up and exposing your underwear to the world? They’re over with this elegant dippy-hem dress. The blurry flower print set against a black background gives it a decidedly on-trend oriental flavour. Wear it with wedge heels for a flattering silhouette.

 

 

BLUE FLORAL PRINT DRESS
£49.50, wallis.co.uk 

This striking summer dress features a high neckline and A-line skirt. The explosion of deep red, burnt orange and cool blue hues against a crisp white background with a simple black belt is both artistic and extremely wearable. Great for smart casual events and family meals out.

 

 

LUNATA POPPY PRINTED FIT AND FLARE DRESS
£169, reiss.com 

 

Simple, luxurious, and super feminine, this is a really flattering summer piece. The poppy print is striking but doesn’t obscure the overall subtlety and delicacy of the dress. I love the ruching to the shoulders and waist and the dreamy skirt. Wearable with flats and heels, but I’d recommend wedges.

 

ISELIN ORCHID PRINT DRESS
£175, whistles.co.uk 

 

If you love peplum dresses, this is for you. The razor-sharp orchid print is a nod to this season’s love for the orient, and the simple light-on-dark colour combination makes this dress really flexible: wear it with accessories in lemon yellow, the colour of the season, and patent leather heels. 

 

 

SPLURGE: Christopher Kane Floral Printed Silk Dress
£755, farfetch.com

  

A girl can dream, right? This gorgeous yellow silk dress offset with paint-like smudges and black and white flowers features a flattering pleated front panel and a concealed zip. It’s artistic without being bizarre, eye-catching without screaming “LOOK AT ME!”, and summery whilst not being predictable. Top marks to Christopher Kane – and that’s reflected in the price tag.