Florals tend to get pigeonholed into the warmer months. But, many of us don’t realize that just because the air is beginning to get brisk, doesn’t mean we have to tuck away our favorite herbaceous patterns. Whether you’re a pattern-phile or a fan of the minimalist trend, florals can find a way to creep into your year-round wardrobe — it just takes a little more effort in terms of styling.
Where did these floral pieces bloom from, anyways? Well, florals have basically been a fashion inspiration ever since the invention of clothing itself. It’s one of the oldest designs to ever grace the Earth, with fashionable florals being traced back to Ancient Japanese kimonos. They implemented chrysanthemums into their kimono designs for their slim, elongated petals that looked reminiscent of sun rays. From then on, this flower not only became a staple in ancient fashion, but a symbol of the sun and natural beauty itself.
One of the most iconic pieces of modern floral-patterned clothing is undoubtedly Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress. Ever since it debuted in 1974, the wrap dress became an instant hit with women everywhere. It came in tons of patterns and designs, but the true crown jewel of the DVF wrap dresses was (and still is) the floral design. This sublime pattern paired with the playful flow of the wrap dress excelled spring style in a way no one ever had before, which is why this dress is still a signature classic to the fashion house.
Let’s fast forward: nowadays, there’s a whole array of floral dresses can be spotted in just about every boutique shop and department store. Roses, tulips, and carnations alike have been plastered all over dresses, tops, even jeans and shoes. It’s a contagious pattern that has been thriving for centuries, and we’re certain that there is a femme floral pattern out there for every woman’s style.
But, we do have to admit that floral dresses need a bit of a refresh. This centuries-old style is just begging for a modern twist, which is why this autumn, we’re making our style blossom with these unique floral items. There’s so much more out there than just daisies and tulips — there’s a whole world of flowers and herbs to plaster onto your favorite basics. And while we’re fans of the floral-plastered separates, we’re jumping into breezy some mini, midi, and maxi dresses.
These fall staples are effortlessly cool, and seamlessly stitch the classic floral designs of yesteryear with the most contemporary looks on the scene, serving you the best of both worlds. They’re so much more than your average rose-donned design; they’re true works of ethereal art. So, stay fresh in the fall season by revamping your autumn lookbook and grabbing these stunning floral essentials.
Trying to warm up in the colder temps? Then check out these floral dresses.
The fall season is the perfect time to introduce your favorite knit pieces — and your floral dresses are no exception. This Valentino dress is the ideal oxymoron of the season: it has a floral design that’s minimal, yet striking to the eye. The muted cherry-red hue and the juxtaposing knit textures are necessities for bringing in the colder months, and the mini dress cut allows you to bare some skin while staying warm. This romantic dress can give any outfit a sweet flare: pair it with heels for a cute date night look, or wear some combat boots to create a 90’s grunge attitude.
Who said you couldn’t rock cutouts during the colder seasons? Just because you’re trying to stay warm, doesn’t mean you can’t show some skin. This midi dress from J.O.A. has a delicate peekaboo cutout, which is sweet enough to resemble an “XO” pattern. The navy blue color is a dark autumn hue that’s played up with earth-toned florals, adding contrast and excitement to this wearable look. The subtle V-neck adds a flirty energy to this dress, making it perfect for any Saturday morning outing. Wear this dress with a cozy cardigan and your favorite nude heels to stay warm in exceptional style.
This jumper dress from Kenzo has a quirky attitude that we can’t help but enjoy. The glossy satin T-shirt is draped with a flowing dress, making it perfect for those relaxation days. The bright blue base is playfully decorated with comic-like florals, and the asymmetrical hemline only adds to the fun. This piece flips the script on 90’s nostalgia, and pairs the classic design with the contemporary cuts and styles of today. This cheerful dress is one you can wear for years to come for its versatility in decor, and is fitting for even the coldest months to come.
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For a sophisticated, “safe for work” option, try on this dress from Leith. This isn’t your average shirt-dress: while most of us think of this combination in T-shirt form, this dress take a page from the beloved button-down shirt and elongates it to a maxi dress style. The light cream color rings in the subtle fall aesthetic, and the vintage florals give this dress a much-needed Bohemian vibe to counteract the modest cut. The thin tie at the waist allows you to create a figure-hugging silhouette that’s both flattering and breathable, allowing you to stay comfortable all day long.
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For a dress that’s blooming with florals, slip into this silk dress from Prabal Gurung. Crafted from black and multicolored silk, this midi dress features an array of clashing colors and patterns that definitely keeps the eye busy. The modest neckline is no match for sheer bell sleeves, an asymmetrical flounce hem, and a double-slit skirt. The party doesn’t stop there — when you take a look at the floral design, you’ll realize that it’s truly the star of the show. This dress features every flower in the shop, making it a loud feminine piece for all of the ages.
This lightweight dress is perfect for those special fall morning events. This A-line number is given a romantic effect through the hand-pleated texture, and has a breezy air that we tend to under-utilize in the colder months. The light blue and white florals creates a bohemian nod to the monochromatic trends of today, but still has a timeless look through the carefree, feminine attitude it gives off. The three-quarter sleeves is a clever cut that’s easy to play around with: dare to go bare-armed, or use some silver bangles as accent pieces.
This dress embodies everything we expect from a fall floral dress. It has a slight goth vibe that’s fitting for the autumn aesthetic, The dark, royal green floral design is heavily contrasted by the black mesh inset, creating an intoxicating look that’s fit for a queen. The sheer sleeves add a touch of flattering detail, and the V-neckline is playfully sexy. It’s the perfect fall dress to wear to any major event you have on schedule.