How to wear florals in the fall and winter

It may be cold outside but that doesn’t mean you have to pack the florals away. The latest flower patterns are atypical – dark, moody and exotic prints rule


Jessica top, Sears


Dress, Jacob


Petite cafe capri in floral taffeta, J.Crew

Banana Republic

Rosette skirt, Banana Republic

J.Crew winter floral cardigan, $104

What to look for: Your summer blooms won’t quite cut it come winter. But from Balenciaga to Miu Miu, the latest flower patterns are atypical – dark and moody or exotic prints rule. Look for oversized or unique prints with deeper accent shades that are more jewel tone than spring’s girly pastels.

How to wear them:
“Flower prints come in all shapes and sizes, so be aware of the scale of the floral,” says Lynda E. Jean, a Certified Image Consultant in Toronto. “If you are petite, be sure to wear a small floral print; otherwise, a large floral print on a tiny body will wear you.” That being said, test-drive a few patterns and cuts as there are no hard and fast rules.

Accessorize them: “Embrace the beautiful hues by picking out your favourite colour and adding shoes or a bag to match. Don’t forget makeup as well — pick up a red in the floral and match it with red lips,” says Jean. “Also, remember the rule of three for accessorizing – you could do red lips, a red bag, and the red in your dress – with any more red, you’ll be overdoing it.”

Day to night: Various types of costume jewellery will pair nicely with florals, and can instantly dress up an evening attire, says Jean. Take your daytime girly blouse or dress into night with a sexy pair of black booties and tights.

A little hit of style: Really go for a twist on this trend and try rosettes instead of just patterns. This fun texture will work in any season but is a fun way to mix up your style.

Florals we love (pictured in the player above):
Dress, $129. Jacob.
Jessica top, $40, Sears.
Rosette skirt, $134. Banana Republic.
Petite café capri in floral taffeta, $228. J.Crew.