10 Fresh takes on floral prints — trust us, they don't have to be basic
Fun new ways to sport the hot runway trend this season
From patchwork blooms at Peter Pilotto to oversized tropical flora at Michael Kors, designers showed look after look of statement florals on the spring summer 2018 runways. Dainty, sweet prints will always be popular, but the best newest patterns are brightly coloured and almost mesmerizing in their repetition and scale. These are florals to feel bold and joyful in — who wouldn't want that?
The tropics and surf culture continue to be popular design influences this season. This pretty, water-repellent bomber from Montreal-based Mackage perfectly toes the line between polished and sporty.
Treva Satin Aviator Bomber Jacket, $450, mackage.com
Mixing allover embroidery with colourful appliqué flowers, this airy tulle skirt would look extra-special styled with a botanically-printed blouse or bodysuit.
Embroidered Tulle Skirt, $149, hm.com
A flirty, pleated dress that you can wear to any of the weddings on your summer calendar? Yes, please! Plus, you can always rock it with sneakers and tees for less formal occasions.
Kenzo Ruffled Floral Dress, $985, simons.ca
Wear this breezy, pyjama-inspired top with matching, printed shorts on the weekend, and under your favourite tailored jacket for the office. The vintage-feel floral pattern and pure silk fabric can really go anywhere.
Babaton Rorik Blouse, $145, aritzia.com
A floral maxi dress is never a bad idea. Pair this bold yellow style, featuring a large-scale pattern, with a flower-print tote or botanical-inspired jewelry for maximum impact.
Floral Tiered Maxi Shirt Dress, $195, bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca
This edgy, asymmetrical top features an eye-catching, multi-coloured print that is sure to become a popular addition to your summer wardrobe.
Floral Print Ruched Top, about $50, topshop.com
Bigger is better
Éditions de Robes specializes in beautiful, made-in-Canada dresses. This silk wrap dress features a painterly, very oversized rose print that feels both timeless and modern.
Madeleine Dress, $755, editionsderobes.com
Elevate your denim game with these textured, botanical-print jeans, which would look as good worn with heels as they do with flat slides.
Hudson x Baja East Heartbreaker High Rise Bootcut Jeans, $358, shopbop.com
A new leaf
Whether or not you choose to style it with the matching kimono jacket, also available at Zara, this vibrant, wide-leg jumpsuit is guaranteed to be a conversation starter.
Tropical Print Jumpsuit with Knotted Straps, $49.90, zara.com
Swap out your basic t-shirt for something more playful this summer, like a graphic floral tee in a quirky colour palette. It also doubles as a creative layering piece for all your spaghetti strap dresses and slightly-sheer tops.
Flutter Sleeve Floral t-shirt, $55.90, rw-co.com
Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and stylist. Follow her at @trucnguyen.