Budget Stylista: Floral Frocks That You Can Rock!

Though it’s hard to think about it now (because it’s hard to think of anything when you’re knee deep in snow), florals are huge for Spring. Shoes, jackets, bags, you name it- with the exception of a cute boy toting a bouquet at my front door, florals are popping up just about everywhere. That being said, it’s hard to look at a floral pattern and wonder if you will look more like your grandma chillin’ in Boca than the uber fashionista you want to portray. So here are some tips to help you out:

1. Keep the rest of the outfit simple. Choose ONE piece of jewelery or a simple belt so that the flowers are the main event.
2. Keep it fun. Aim to keep the look playful, youthful and appropriate for situations other than the 4pm early bird special.
3. Fit is important. Go for fitted dresses, shorter skirts and trendier cuts. Even if the pattern is reminiscent of the drapes at g-ma’s, these things will keep it youthful (and hot).

Here are two floral looks for you to try on for size. One, a bolder and brighter ensemble for those daring ladies, and the other, a softer, more feminine style.

Rocker Florals:
Trust me, this is not your Bubbie’s floral dress (unless your Bubbie is Peggy Bundy). Animal prints are another huge trend and this dress combines the two, mixing both edgy and sweet. Throw on a cropped leather jacket, some bangles and patent flats and out you go. If you want to take this up a notch, throw on some sheer tights and patent pumps, and maybe even some red matte lipstick if you are uber daring.

Dress: Forever 21, $24.80
Bomber: Forever 21, $39.80
Purse: Lulus, $22
Bangles: Forever 21, $6.80
Flats: Forever 21, $19.80 (you can get ’em in red, too!)

Pretty in Pink Flowers
I love this look. The cropped jacket is very chic and, paired with the burnt out blush tank, it’s sweet and sexy at the same time. I’m also a huge fan of high-waisted jeans (no cracks here!) and the ballerina flats and floral belt really keep the entire look totally flirty.

Jacket: Urban Outfitters, $58
Jeans: Urban Outfitters, $58
Tank: Delia’s, 2 for $20
Belt: Topshop, $30
Ballet Flat: Topshop, $30
Bag: Anique Michelle,

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