Style How-To: Wear Botanical Prints

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Art Credit: Aaron Lee Craig

Summer is finally here in New York City! And with the heat, I like adding a new spark to my everyday wardrobe. This season, I'm mixing bold botanicals into my closet. Care to join me?

Floral patterns have been kicked up a notch for summer: enter big, colorful blossoms and vibrant leafy patterns. Botanical prints may seem like a trend reserved only for the leggy models on high fashion runways, but I'm a firm believer in making style accessible to all women, from the runway model to the everyday babe. Rather than sport head-to-toe blooms, try pairing them with solids to incorporate the look in a simple and practical way for everyday use.

SKIRT

skirt

This amazing floral skirt is a simple, yet fun-and-flirty way to bring the botanical trend home. To keep it wearable for a casual work day, I paired the skirt with a soft gray T-shirt—the simple top balances the loud print on bottom. Pop on some strappy heels, add a vintage saddlebag, and you're good to go!

skirt, Zara / T-shirt, Target / heels, similar ones here / saddlebag, vintage

JACKET

jacket

Jackets are a no-brainer when you want to sport a high-fashion trend, and this stunner from Zara brings a bright botanical punch to your outfit. This look is perfect thrown over a solid dress for a date night on the town or a shopping day with your gal pals. I paired the bold blazer with a simple black dress, with versatile crisscross wedges, a bold midi ring, and a delicate necklace for balance.

 jacket, similar one here / dress, Forever 21 / clutch , similar one here / shoes, similar ones here / necklace,  In God We Trust / midi ring , Katie Dean Jewelry/ engagement ring (my own!)

TOP

shirt

Everyone loves a bright and fun T-shirt, right?  I love this sassy vintage high-necked number for a casual weekend look. Rather than pairing with a neutral, I chose a solid that picks up on the blue tones of the flowers in the shirt. The saturated cobalt high-waisted pant creates a retro, classic, and eclectic look all at once.

T-shirt, similar one here / pants, similar one here / shoes, Urban OG / hand piece, Katie Dean Jewelry

DRESS

dress

The right dress can make a lady feel like a million bucks. This gorgeous mirrored botanical print from Adored Vintage creates the perfect silhouette for any shape. I like this particular print as the mirrored pattern has dark coloring in the center to elongate your form and draw the eyes up. Try pairing a similar bold botanical dress with a textured jacket or add a soft cardigan for a more subtle, office-chic look. Finish with a comfy pair of flats and you'll be ready to hit the pavement in style!

dress, Adored Vintage / jacket, similar one here / shoes, Pons Avarcas

Images by Aaron Lee Craig