3 Stylish Ways to Wear Floral Prints in 2017

Wearing Floral Prints, by "The Year My Husband Dressed Me" with Josh and Megan Morken

That’s what she said.

“I don’t think my dad would like it,” my friend’s brow was wrinkled. “The flowers are just waaaay too big.”

My friend and I were picking out new fabric to make new dresses from while our moms chatted with each other a few aisles away.

Her dad’s rule was that the pattern size in the fabric for her dress couldn’t exceed the size of a nickle.

Like this:

Comparing floral print sizes with a nickel.

 

New Things are Bad

As I was writing this post, I was thinking about one of my daughter’s favorite movies, The Croods.

The plot involves the trappings of a pre-historic cave family. Grug, the overprotective patriarch, keeps his family safe by living a very strict lifestyle. Anything that is new is “BAD”. Grug draws pictures on their cave wall to illustrate how anyone who has come in contact with something new has died. Despite his indoctrination, Grug’s oldest daughter, Eep, is curious about things outside of her regimented, sheltered life.

I giggled when I pictured my family as cavemen and my dad writing all the “bad” things on our cave wall.

It would probably have looked something like this:

A sketch of things that were not allowed in an Amish background.

(I think we can all agree that I’m not going to make a living from drawing things anytime soon.)

Where We Come From: Born Amish

Regina and I were both born Amish and grew up in conservative religious circles. It might be hard to imagine growing up with such a restricted lifestyle. Hearing about the ways we dressed or lived might sound absurd, but it was our reality so to us it was normal.

A couple weeks ago, Regina shared her journey of finding her personal style .

Growing up conservative, there was such emphasis on our appearance NOT being important and yet looking “right” was all that mattered.

How I found my Style — From Amish to New York Fashion Week - Photos of Regina Bauman

The Freedom to Wear Anything

I remember when I was finally allowed to wear floral prints. I felt so beautiful, but I would have been ashamed to admit it because taking pride in my appearance was bad. Are you catching on to a theme here? 

Then I wore floral prints so much that I got sick of them. When I left my conservative background, I stayed away from wearing anything floral for years.

We all have those styles of clothing we won’t wear because they look “grandmaish”. However, trends seem to be cycling more rapidly than they ever have before, from my study of them. Or then I’m just getting old faster than I realize.

If you hung on to your favorite flared jeans from about ten years ago, you’re in luck because they’re trending right now. But I’m going down a little rabbit trail. We’re not here to talk about bell bottoms and balloon sleeves.

Floral prints are on trend.

Before New York Fashion Week our friends connected us with a wonderful couple, Josh and Megan Morken. Megan is a model for QVC and Josh is a creative stylist.

This year, Josh is dressing Megan and they write about it each week on their blog, The Year My Husband Dressed Me.

Would you let your husband dress you?

Last week they wrote about the hottest trends for spring.

The Year My Husband Dressed Me: Denim on Denim, Josh and Megan Morken

3 Stylish Ways to Wear Floral Prints

I was working on gathering tips on great ways to wear floral prints, so my brain perked up when I spotted Megan’s outfits with floral prints. I immediately took notes from their style tips.

01. Mix floral prints with a stripe pattern for a classy look.

Megan Morken, Floral Print paired with striped pants. Fashionable, Model, Style

02. Mix floral prints with polka dots for a fun look.

Pairing Floral Print with Polka Dot Print

03. Add floral prints to your outfit with accessories.

Floral prints as accessories, Megan Morken

Floral Prints are Good.

We hope you feel inspired to mix up your wardrobe with some floral prints.

To help you get started, we put together an outfit board with links to the sources for these outfits!

Outfits that Mix Floral Prints with Other Prints

1. Striped Pencil Skirt
2. High Neck Floral Top
3. Greige Half Moon Crossbody
4. Peep Toe Tan Booties
5. Star Print Top
6. Floral High Waisted Skirt
7. Wild Copper Tieks 
8. Crossbody Wallet

Tell us what you think!

Do you love wearing floral prints or do you feel hesitant to embrace them? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

2 Comments

  1. Joanna on June 13, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Love this! (Your cave drawings are hilarious, Meg. You might do great making Amish comic books! )
    Good ideas on the stripes and polka dots. I would add, I like to wear florals with just solid, edgier fabrics, such as a floral dress with a leather or denim jacket, that tones down the sweetness and flowiness, in my opinion, as well as ankle boots, or non-glitzy sandals. It’s the balance of “cranberry & vodka”

    • Meg Delagrange on June 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Joanna, I would love to draw comics but I’ve never believed that my creative skills include illustrating. 😉 I like your style tips and love that you referenced the “cranberry and vodka” style formula, it’s one of my favorites!

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