PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM BUNNING
Florals are big this season and the high street is blooming, literally. Zara especially has embraced this trend, offering a colourful bouquet of flower prints to dress you from head to toe (one of the many ways to wear florals, matchy-matchy being another, a mish-mashed clash being the third and so the list goes on).
These Zara trousers are my attempt at embracing florals. At £39.99, it's not too much of an investment to make into new territory. You see, I love print but I just don't know how to carry it off. However, right now is the best season to experiment because, really, anything goes.
The pyjama two-piece (a matching top and trousers) is the most sophisticated way to work flower power. These Zara ones come with an identical-print sheer blouse for £29.99. Look out for the navy wisteria-print set by Whistles, too (£85 for the top; £125 for the trousers) - it's guaranteed to repeat the popularity of last year's Carrie skirt.
If match-matchy isn't for you, head in the opposite direction: go for the clash. Mix and match patterns from ditsy blossoms to giant blooms and create a riot. If it looks like it doesn't go, then it works!
Or take baby steps like me, and make florals a signature print in your outfit. Black and white is a good base to establish your florals, but they'll flourish with this season's brights and pastels, too. Take it from me, spring/summer is blooming gorgeous! So, will you being working florals?
Here's my outfit lowdown:
Sonia Rykiel for H&M jacket
Sam Edelman brogues - these were an amazing bargain that I got for £45, reduced from £125, at the end of the Whistles sale back in July 2010. They were an even luckier buy as they're a size smaller than my usual shoe size but I tried them on and they fitted! It was fate. So the nougat of wisdom you should glean is this: if your size is sold out, try both the smaller and larger sizes - you could be pleasantly surprised.
For more fashion inspiration, check out this week's What ELLE Wears blog at ELLEuk.com.