Make florals your forever print with this line-up of flirty frocks.
Miranda Priestly’s long-held belief may be that florals for spring are far from groundbreaking but luckily for us flower fiends, fashion thinks otherwise.
Perhaps it has something to do with our collective obsession with house plants or maybe it’s merely a way of injecting a healthy dose of fun into our wardrobes after a year of swaddling sweats, but whatever it is, our appetite for a floral dress is clear. And if the swathes of flower-toned dresses currently available to buy are anything to go by, it would appear that fashion is in agreement. In other words, florals for spring are absolutely and undeniably groundbreaking.
But banish any fuddy-duddy floral connotations, for there is in fact a floral dress to suit everybody. Whether you opt for a body-skimming botanical mini or a flowing flower-covered frock, there’s not a plant print that can’t scratch your itch. Earth-first fashion brand Nobody’s Child has just joined forces with Simply Be for a flower-filled dress collection, while London label Damson Madder’s ankle-grazing maxi is a blooming marvelous option.
But fear not, dear beer garden regulars, for there are ways to make a garden-inspired get-up work for you, even in the windy haven that is the backyard of a drinking hole. Pair yours with chunky sandals for a sun-kissed stroll while the sun still has her hat on (you’ll need to be quick), or throw on with trainers for a foolproof park-to-pub ensemble. Let the dresses’ punchy prints do the work for you, while you get back to normality. It really is that simple.
Here are our 13 favourite summer-ready floral dresses.
OMNES Smock Dress in Smudged Floral
This short and flirty lilac dress comes by way of eco-conscious brand OMNES and is a wonderful throw-on-and-go offering, simply pair with trainers or stomper boots, et voila!
Shop OMNES Mini Smock Dress in Smudged Purple Floral, £50
Free People Pia Cut Out Maxi Dress
With an ankle-grazing length and a sultry cut-out back, this pale floral offering is a perfect addition to a springtime wardrobe.
Shop Free People Pia Cut Out Maxi Dress, £410
Sika Ellie Maxi Shirt Dress
Sika designs its pieces in London, and makes them all in Ghana in a bid to empower local communities and pay fair wages to artisans. Its pink, floral-covered Ellie Maxi Shirt Dress is crying out for a spot in our summer line-up.
Shop Sika Ellie Maxi dress, £189
ASOS DESIGN Curve mixed gingham and floral tiered mini smock dress
Continuing our cottagecore obsession from last year, this purse-friendly gingham and floral mini ticks all boxes.
Shop ASOS DESIGN Curve mixed gingham and floral tiered mini smock dress, £210
Topshop ruched ditsy mini beach dress in blue
Throw this violet-hued floral mini on under a baggy shirt or an oversized 90s blazer.
Shop Topshop ruched ditsy mini beach dress in blue, £19
Asime Retro Blue Frill Midi Dress
Female-led label Asime works with a mother-and-daughter run business in Ghana to craft its punchy pieces. And its Retro Blue Frill Midi Dress has our names written all over it.
Shop Asime Retro Blue Frill Midi Dress, £90
Reformation Helm Dress
Short and sweet, Reformation’s Helm dress features a fitted bodice and a pretty bow at the front.
Shop Reformation Helm, £215
& Other Stories high neck mini dress in blue floral
& Other Stories’ blue floral dress is foolproof: simply throw on with trainers, and there’s a springtime look right there.
Shop & Other Stories high neck mini dress in blue floral, £75
Rixo Fifi Floral Mini Dress
Rixo’s thigh-skimming, retro-inspired Fifi mini is perfect for BBQs and park strolls. Don’t be deterred by its big and bold print; in fact, amp it up even further with Pat Butcher-esque gold bling.
Shop Rixo Fifi Party Floral Mini dress, £265
Nobody’s Child Rosa Puff Sleeve Midi Dress
Earth-first label Nobody’s Child has extended its sizing for the first time from 18-24 and it’s exclusively stocked at Simply Be. The monochrome puff-sleeved Rosa dress is our pick from the range.
Shop Nobody’s Child Rosa Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £49
Rhode Emma floral-print mini dress
Big sleeves and bold prints; what could be better? Simply cinch in at the waist and job’s a good’un.
Shop Rhode Emma fluted floral-print cotton-poplin mini dress, £365
Forever New Elise Midi Sun Dress
With a pretty slit up the leg and a scooped neckline, this minty-hued flowery offering from Forever New is a forever frock.
Shop Forever New Elise Midi Sun Dress, £70
Arket Floral Tier Dress
It would appear that Arket can indeed do no wrong and its peachy-toned floral smock dress is proof.
Shop Arket floral tiered dress, £99
Opening image courtesy of Nobody’s Child x Simply Be.
All other images courtesy of the brands.
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