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Positively Blooming - Winter Florals

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For many years of A/W, florals have been the domain of the rebel, those who are happy to risk the raised eyebrows of the fashion stalwarts, or the kind of brave (or drunk) souls who still sport bare legs in the middle of December.  Florals have always been thought of as a strictly summery print – to be accompanied by Pimms, parties on the lawn, or a proposal on a punt. Well not this season friends, as winter florals are officially a ‘trend’ - which means that if you live for rule breaking then you’re just going to have to not wear them.

To nail the winter florals look we think it’s a good idea to stay away from light summer shades, pastels and sunshiny brights, so that you don’t look like you’re just recycling. Opt for subversive dark florals, shocking pink, damson, onyx and crimson highlights, winter greys and classic blacks. For a twist wear your florals as cut outs like this Yasmin Kianfar dress (above) or make the floral maxi trans-seasonal, with layers of leather, cashmere and wool. Pale florals are good if they’re suitably wintry - glacial pink, frosty blue and chilly yellow.

If you’re not sure where to start then take inspiration from seasonal winter blooms like primroses, pansies, Christmas rose, heather and chrysanthemum and work florals without fuss.  There isn't the same exuberance to winter florals as their summer cousins so keep them sleek with few frills; a pussy bow the extent of the adornment extravagance.  A note of caution with winter florals: this doesn’t include Christmas plants and definitely not Christmas trees.  Unless you’re going for kitsch then avoid holly berries, poinsettias and even mistletoe - no matter how much you want to be kissed...

Collage clockwise from top left:

Bora Aksu floral pussybow blouse £250 from Wolf and Badger

Yasmin Kianfar laser cut stretch shift dress £375 from Browns

Mih Jeans Tails shirt £226 from Mih Jeans

Pyrus willow printed maxi dress £175 from Pyrus

Peter Pilotto Chleo printed skirt £479 from Bernard Boutique

Marc by Marc Jacobs onyx floral silk skirt £228.27 from Saks

Milly floral print dress £473.93 from Far Fetch

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