Fashion Friday: Florals are BAAAACK! (and a rant)

I am just going to continue to post about Spring trends in hopes that if I do, spring will actually arrive in Pennsylvania sometime before the fourth of July.

Today is the worst day yet. Did I, or did I not predict that it would snow on April first? I believe I did, but I’m too lazy to search my blog and find it.

Well, today I awoke to a mixture of rain and sleet, and the weather forecast predicts snow before all is said and done – the PERFECT day to cram five preschoolers into my car and chaperone a field trip to the grocery store. NOT. But that is what I have agreed to do.

What does one WEAR to participate in such a thing?

I really wish I’d sucked it up and bought those rain boots a few weeks ago. I had no idea how many times I’d wish I had some over the course of this “spring” – or whatever it is, because THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT SPRING.

But whatever.

These are the cards we’ve been dealt to let’s make the best of it, shall we!?

So this spring the floral trend is back again. I think I posted about this last spring, and my opinion hasn’t changed much. Basically, my thoughts are this:

The trend is cute, but it is not for me.

I wore enough florals in the 1980s to last me a lifetime.

However I can appreciate the look on others, as long as it is the RIGHT floral.

Yes, there most definitely is a RIGHT AND A WRONG when it comes to floral. Whomever it was that determined that there are no moral absolutes clearly did not consider the floral trend in his soul searching.

Here are some florals that are modern and fun, and if they fit into your style aesthetic, go for it!

I love this whole outfit even though I don’t think I could wear that top — too many ruffles in all the wrong places. However, it’s a great top for, ahem, smaller girls. It creates a balance that might not otherwise exist.

See how the chunky shoes give visual weight at the bottom to balance out the volume on top? The ruffles and floral in the top lend a feminine contrast to the skinny cargos, and the sweater keeps you warm when spring doesn’t arrive when it should.

Let it go, Jo-Lynne. LET IT GO.

Okay, I’m moving on. I promise.

This dress is wrong for me on many levels, but it really is sweet for the right person. With a light cardigan, it would be perfect for Easter Sunday.

This classic sheath might actually work for my conservative style, although I never wear yellow (or belts).

This I love, although it is so not me. But if you can do boho chic, here you go!

Now, here’s a floral I might be willing to try — a floral scarf.

I’d have to think about how to work that into an outfit. A floral scarf could really dress up jeans or skinny cargos and a basic T or tank IF IT EVER WARMS UP – and of course it would also work with a light cardigan or a long sleeved, V-neck sweater in a coordinating color.

Oooh, like this!

I love that boyfriend cardi.

Old Navy has a bunch of cute outfits. This outfit puts a floral skirt with a ruffled knit bolero, a white T and espadrilles.

And I love their floral scarf print totes.

You know me, if I’m going to go out on a limb and try a floral with any one item, it would be with a handbag.

I could post pictures of outfits all day, but it looks like the field trip is a go so I better go make myself cute so I can get there on time.

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