Cheap and Chic: How to Wear Florals This Summer

Cheap and Chic: How to Wear Florals This Summer

Whether you’re a size 2 or 20, rocking floral prints isn’t as tricky as you think

June 04, 2013


Florals tend to get a bad rap as an unwearable trend for all shapes and sizes. But when done the right way, florals can be edgy, flirty and surprisingly figure-flattering. It's all about  choosing the right size and hue of the print, which can compliment pretty much any body type. Big on last season's runway of designers like Valentino, Dries Van Noten and Rochas, we've found the affordable option to this summer's flirty trend, all under $100.

For Toned Arms:

Merona Tunnel Waist Floral Blouse ($20,

We love to see toned, sexy arms shown off. Take a clue from our FLOTUS and give those hard-earned biceps a shout-out with this perfect sleeveless blouse. The drawstring waist helps to cinch you in, alluding to a slimmer middle space, in case a little tummy is of your worries. 

For the Sophisticated Petite:

LC Lauren Conrad Floral Tuxedo Blazer ($21,

A black blazer is a staple in any wardrobe, but it gets a major update for the summer! The tuxedo accent adds a chic factor, perfect for the office or a night out, and the florals add a whimsical touch to a neutral bottom.

For the Bottom Heavy:

Dorothy Perkins Indigo Leaf Floral Jeggings ($44,

Printed jeans may seem like a no-no for women with hips and thighs, but the floral pattern on this pair of jeggings have a figure-flattering dark hue as the backdrop, which adds a slimming factor. Balance your frame with a solid color top that hits just above the hips. 

For All Fashionistas:

ASOS Manhattan Loafers ($59,

The great thing about accessories is they're one size fits all. They're also the safest way to rock a trend. These loafers are anything but preppy and boring, adding the perfect pop to cuffed jeans or a solid mini dress.

For the Plus-Size Girl:

Lane Bryant Floral Sateen Halter Dress ($60,

Florals don't always have to be so in-your-face, as evidenced by this subtle printed halter dress. The neckline and straps support a larger bust, while the A-line nips in at the waist. Throw on nude heels to further elongate your frame.

For the Long and Lean:

Go Jane Cut-Out Floral Print Dress ($42,

Show off that killer frame with this V-neck mini. Bright patterns and a deep, plunging neckline risk looking juvenile, but the cut-outs give it some edge. A killer frock like this needs little else than a flat sandal and bangles.

For the Hourglass Siren: 

Topshop Botanical Floral Bodycon Dress ($90,

A busy print can be your friend when you want to create the illusion of a fuller figure. And the mirror image gives your body total symmetry.

—Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.



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