Six ways to wear florals this winter

16 June 2022
By Fashion Quarterly

Don’t reserve a palette of petals for the warmer months. We tell you why florals work no matter the temperature.

Prabal Gurung Resort S23. Image: Imaxtree

We all know the famous line uttered by a dissatisfied Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada: “Florals. For Spring? Groundbreaking.” And while she’s right – wearing the botanical print in the warmer months is nothing revolutionary – we do think integrating a petal-esque palette into your winter wardrobe will not only brighten the seasonally darkness, but also your mood.

Like any print there are a myriad of ways to wear them, and naturally with the wet weather it’s easy to gravitate towards long sleeves. But don’t rule out short sleeves altogether. Teamed with a knit underneath or layered with a coat, tights and boots makes a shorter sleeve floral offering a versatile choice. Here are our top floral trends to wear all winter long.

1. Garden Greens

There’s something so fresh about a green inspired floral print. Even in winter this offering is sure to brighten your day and the day of those around you. 

2. Wrap it up

A wrap or shirt dress that ties are perhaps the most flattering styles for your figure – just think how Diane Von Furstenberg started an empire with them. While these have long sleeves they’re also light enough to transition from winter to spring meaning your cost-per-wear quota will be working overtime. 

Clockwise from top left: Witchery ‘Border Print’ shirt dress, $229.90. Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, POA. Poupette St Barth ‘Kimi’ floral shirt dress, $480 from MytheresaErdem ‘Kendrick’ floral print shirt dress, $1605 from Matches Fashion. Juliette Hogan ‘Arlene’ dress, $599Centre: Kate Ford ‘Devina’ wrap dress, $625 from Muse Boutique.


3. The Mini

Whether you choose to show off some leg with a mini, or wear with tights and boots, we love the sixties vibe that a shorter skirt or dress gives off.

4. Purple is the new pink

Ever since millennial pink became a thing people have been living and breathing it – now we think it’s time for purple’s turn. And what better way to test out the hue than with an array of florals? 

5. On top

In our opinion a  dress is an easier option for a print. In saying that if you’re not ready to fully commit, a blouse gives you a way to test the trend out. Plus they’re perfect to wear with jeans.

6. The Lady Like

A puffed sleeve and below the knee finish is sure to give you an elegant finish. Team with heels and your hair in a low chignon to elevate your look further. 

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