Big, bold and worn all over, florals find a new exuberance this season, says Penny Fray
Every season brings new outré creations to the catwalks. So how’s that relevant to us mere mortals? Think of that The Devil Wears Prada moment when Meryl Streep explains the life cycle of cerulean blue. You get the picture don’t you? Everything filters down into your wardrobe. While you might shy away from Max Mara’s retro brown blooms or Marni’s coat complete with its riot of textured flowers, you may try a pencil dress with a subtle spray of pastel petals.
Yes, it’s boring and a bit “mother of the bride”, but mall stores are masters of what’s wearable. Of course, if you’re feeling brave, choose one (and I mean just one) outstanding piece, while paring everything else down with neutrals. My compromise is the hippy haute look featuring florals on a long, delicate dress à la Missoni and Valentino. It’s dreamy and will work wonderfully under the sizzling Omani sun. Wear with boho hair and pared-back accessories.
The artistic among you should channel the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo with flamboyant floral headgear, accented with oodles of gold jewels and black lace. And, of course, no one does sultry florals like Dolce & Gabbana, with rich red poppies and embroidered accessories. Gorgeous!
A sweatshirt is such a cool way of doing florals. I’ll be wearing mine with a pencil skirt, bare legs and ankle boots. The price of this Givenchy one may be a little steep at RO371, but there are plenty of cheaper alternatives in Muscat’s malls
The retro print and softly structured silhouette of these wide- leg trousers from Next look best with a matching top. There’s no such thing as looking too busy this spring. From RO22
Haven’t you heard? This season is all about the belt. And McQ by Alexander McQueen’s wide waist cincher is decorated with the freshest of festival florals. This piece gets extra versatility points for its smooth black leather reverse. From RO104
Floral headbands aren’t going away any time soon, so embrace the festive look with this bright number from H&M. From RO5.5
Set against flattering black, the florals in Adrianna Papell’s dress has the still- life quality of a painting. From RO71 at selected department stores
Charlotte Olympia’s “Rosario” sandals have been lovingly handcrafted in Europe from glossy white leather. If the RO312 price tag is too steep, you can easily up-cycle your old shoes with a colourful corsage of pink, red and yellow flowers – or hit Splash for something new
Penny’s tips on integrating florals into your current wardrobe:
1. Be brave and go for a statement print – the bolder, the better. 2. Fashion wallflowers can always pair a more delicate print with jeans for off-duty dressing. 3. A black background helps tone down a flamboyant floral print and allows you to wear it all year round.