Friday, February 10, 2012

The power of print

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
Gap T-shirt
Zara trousers
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.

7 comments:

  1. I saw those floral print trousers at Zara the other evening, contemplating whether to buy it or not as I'm obsessed with all things florals.

    I would team it with a pair of white wedges/strappy heels, trouser hems folded to the ankle, loose white or grey tank vest top tucked in and a white boyfriend-blazer :P

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    1. Kit, you would wear these so well (much better than me). Get them!

      susie x x x

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  2. Lovely trousers! Zara did a similar print on chiffon dresses and blouses last season, which I liked, but I'm not a massive fan - yours look very comfortable. If I were feeling brave I'd pair them with floral brogues or DMs, a loose white tee and perhaps a floral head scarf - mismatched print perfection!

    Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion

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  3. Prints can be scary but you pull these gorgeous trousers off so well! Love your blog by the way, don't think I've ever commented before though, sorry! xx

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    1. Hi Josie,

      Nice to hear from you - it's always great to hear feedback. But no worries about not commenting before. So pleased you love the blog and thanks for your lovely comments.

      Bargainista Fashionista x x x

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  4. The print is beautiful, very Erdem. im a print gal through and through and i love to mix them up, would love to pop these with a larger printed floral blazer and stick some liberty ribbon in your shoes :)

    xxx

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