How To: Look Modern in a Floral Dress

I’m going to be totally honest here – a floral dress can be tricky to pull off. There’s definitely a sweet spot between too juvenile and too mature. It’s also important not to go too classic or you’ll look like you’re trying to play a part.

When selecting your dress, find the pattern and colour that works for you. For me, it’s all about the size and layout of the buds. I prefer a smaller, less symmetrical pattern in a bold colour (believe it or not, this is one place where I actually stray from my “all black all the time” mandate).

Once you’ve found your dress, select your accessories careful. You want to look modern and fashion-forward – don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to speak ill of all the grandma’s out there but old-lady-style isn’t “a thing”.

See how our ‘Girl in Focus’ Miranda Hudson’s styles a floral dress.

Choose Your Floral Dress

A floral dress is a great way to inject a little "Spring" into your look. This one from H&M is extremely figure-flattering and is somehow both classic and modern.

Floral dress available at H&M $59.99*

Belt It

A belt is a great way to break up a patterned dress and add a little something extra. Because this dress has a seamed waist, it makes adding a belt super easy and you don't have to worry about any weird bunching.

Skinny Belt available at RW&CO. $25.99*

Step Into Colourful Shoes

You could definitely go with a nude shoe here but I'd suggest reaching for something with colour for a more modern and youthful look.

424 FIFTH Laci Suede Slingbacks available at Hudson's Bay $109*

Reach For a Clutch

Like your shoe, you could go with something a little bit more expected here like a delicate shoulder bag or clutch, but I love pairing a sweet, slightly romantic dress with a chunky clutch. I think it helps to make the overall look more fashion-forward.

Frankee Clutch available at GUESS $125*

Add a Statement Earrings

Because of the pattern and colour, this dress can definitely hold it's own against a statement earring. Again, why go with something neutral when you can go with something unexpected?

Jewelled Earrings available at H&M $17.99*

Finish With a Vibrant Lip

When it comes to your makeup, I suggest going fairly light and glowy and then adding a bright lip. Pull a vibrant colour out of the dress and use that as your lipstick inspiration.

Satin Lipstick in Fashion Tide available at M.A.C. Cosmetics $23*

Will you wear a floral dress this Spring?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.